Davis, Coulter-Nile help WA to victory
Western Australia 9 for 248 (Davis 93, Coulter-Nile 42*, Hasting 4-59) beat Victoria 223 (Coulter-Nile 4-65, Johnson 3-43) by 25 runs
A bright 93 from Liam Davis and a striking allround display by Nathan Coulter-Nile helped Western Australia to a 25-run victory over Victoria in the domestic limited overs match at the WACA ground.
Mitchell Johnson also claimed a trio of wickets for WA as the Bushrangers fell short of what had appeared a quite manageable chase at the change of innings.
The Warriors' innings was a series of fits and starts apart from Davis' innings until Coulter-Nile emerged at No. 8 to thump 42 from 31 balls and lift the tally near 250. The sometime Australia seamer John Hastings used his height to good advantage on the early season surface to snare four wickets.
Victoria's reply was deliberately paced, the No. 3 Chris Rogers and the wicketkeeper Peter Handscomb going closest to a substantial union in their stand of 50. However both fell after making starts, and the required rate climbed ever higher from that point.
Andrew McDonald and Michael Hill made handy scores and Will Sheridan clumped 25 from only eight balls, but Coulter-Nile's quartet of wickets - plus a pair of run outs - was critical in helping the Warriors to ease to their first points of the summer.