WA v Victoria, Ryobi Cup, Perth September 28, 2012

Davis, Coulter-Nile help WA to victory

ESPNcricinfo staff

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.

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  • Andrew on September 30, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    @Ben1989 on (September 29 2012, 14:02 PM GMT) - it's been pleasing to see some batsmen taking steps forward this year. S Smith, Haddin (lost cause for Test selection?) & Henriques (even Maddinson) from NSW have started very well. Henriques Shield ave in 2 matches is currently 289.0! Cosgrove has looked good for Tassie, & am hoping Liam Davis takes a few more steps fwd this summer! M Marsh also looking good with the bat!

  • Ben on September 29, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    I agree Meety, Sheridan played a few good shots & hasting also! Hasting still looking perfect to slot back in our ODI team, his change-ups are perfect on top of decent batting & deserves to come back in immediately I think, @ Maddinson, I think he's still recovering, not 100% sure, certainly looking like our batters know they need to stand up this season, looking good for our team, hope Quiney has another good yr though, seemed to struggle yesterday..

  • Rakesh on September 28, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    Good to see Hasting back for Victoria after long lay off, between but why young pattinson not playing this game?

  • Andrew on September 28, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    With about 15 overs to go, Victoria were no chance. Then with about 5 overs to go, despite losing wickets, their tail started lofting 6s & it briefly looked doable.

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