Western Australia v Victoria, FR Cup, Perth November 26, 2008

Rogers sets up another Victoria success

Cricinfo staff

Victoria 6 for 265 (Rogers 75, White 54) beat Western Australia 6 for 263 (Ronchi 80*) by four wickets
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Chris Rogers is on top of both the FR Cup and Sheffield Shield run tallies © Getty Images
 

Chris Rogers inflicted defeat on his former state for the second time in a week as Victoria chased down Western Australia's 263 with nine balls to spare at the WACA. Rogers set up the success with his 75 and following his twin centuries in the four-day match this week he is now the leading run scorer in both the FR Cup and Sheffield Shield this summer.

It was particularly fitting that the Man of the Match Rogers performed strongly against the Warriors in the limited-overs format; the main reason he left Western Australia was due to being pigeon-holed as a four-day player. His 85-ball innings featured 12 fours all around the ground and he seemed set for for a hundred when he holed out with a catch on the boundary off Trent Kelly.

But Rogers had guided Victoria to 4 for 168 and it was a strong enough platform for Victoria to pick up their fourth win from five games. Cameron White delivered them closer to the triumph with his 54 before Andrew McDonald's unbeaten 38 guided them home.

White had reason to be especially concerned with the chase after he dropped a return chance that reprieved Luke Ronchi when the batsman was on 10. Ronchi went on to blast two sixes and eight fours in his unbeaten 80 from 64 balls, which came after he was dropped down the order to No. 7 in an attempt to ease him back into form following a slow start to the season.

Ronchi and Aaron Heal (43 not out) put on an excellent unbroken 102-run stand for the seventh wicket that pushed the Warrirors into challenging territory after they had stumbled to 5 for 123. But Victoria have built a reputation on strong chases over the past few years and they again showed why they are on top of the FR Cup table.

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