Sellout at WACA for Twenty20 match
Western Australia 2 for 143 (Ronchi 67, Campbell 56*) beat Victoria 8 for 141 (Crosthwaite 57) by 8 wickets
Officials closed the gates at 6.45 pm, within half an hour of the start, and one woman, who had wanted to rejoin the rest of her family after parking the car, was denied entry. She was not alone. The presence of Shane Warne, whose shirt form the recent tsunami charity match received over 240 bids and sold for more than AUS$140,000 (approximately £57,000) at an auction on eBay, helped boost the attendance.
In the match itself, Luke Ronchi and Ryan Campbell clobbered their way to a century opening stand from only 56 deliveries to give WA a straightforward win after Victoria had managed 8 for 141 from their 20 overs. Ronchi was dismissed after scoring 67 from 24 balls, while Campbell was undefeated with 56. In Victoria's innings, Peter Worthington claimed 2 for 40 and Adam Crosthwaite had made 57 from 46 balls.
WA's captain Mike Hussey, who did not play this match but has taken part in Twenty20 cricket in England, before the start told the Sydney Morning Herald what players need to bring to this form of cricket. "I think there's still a role for playing some good smart cricket," he explained, "but you do need to make sure you have a couple of boundaries flowing at all times. From a bowling point of view it's really exciting: there's lots of bouncers and slower balls. But the big thing that comes out is the fielding. There's some fantastic catches taken and with balls flying everywhere."
It remains to be seen whether the popularity shown for this Twenty20 match is more than a one-off. On Thursday, Australia A will play the Pakistanis in the first international Twenty20 fixture at Adelaide.