Hussey and North star in Warriors' win
Western Australia 9 for 331 dec and 4 for 397 (Hussey 95, North 94*, Rogers 74, Voges 55*) beat Tasmania 500 and 5 for 226 dec (Bevan 114*) by 6 wickets
Western Australia sealed their highest run-chase in domestic history with a stunning 4 for 397 against Tasmania at Bellerive Oval. Led by the captain Mike Hussey and backed by fine contributions from Chris Rogers and Marcus North, Western Australia leaped to the top of the Pura Cup table with a win sealed with nine balls remaining.
Hussey made 95 and put together 133 for the first wicket with Rogers (74), while North concluded with an unbeaten 94 after Tasmania had set them a daunting 396 in less than a day. Western Australia's previous highest sucessful chase was 390 against South Australia in 1992-93.
"It was just basically assessing what Tasmania set us and then going out there until there were 50 overs remaining and treating it like a one-day game," North said. "It worked out we were roughly five an over from that point so we were in a good position."
Western Australia required 182 in 35 overs at tea, but their efforts were hindered by the dismissals of Hussey and Rogers, who both fell lbw to Dan Marsh. However, North, Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges, who added 105 with North, pushed the Warriors, who now have a two point lead over Queensland and New South Wales, to victory.
Michael Bevan completed his second century of the match when play resumed this morning, and had moved to 114 when the declaration arrived, adding to his first-innings 190.