Tasmania sneak past Western Australia in thriller
Tasmania 7 for 263 (Di Venuto 100, Anderson 46) beat Western Australia 7 for 262 (Rogers 72, Marsh 66) by 3 wickets
The captain Michael Di Venuto struck a superb hundred as Tasmania pulled off a thrilling win over the struggling Western Australia at Perth. Needing 263 for victory, Tasmania sneaked home off the last ball with three wickets in hand. In a nailbiting last over bowled by Steve Magoffin, who was a late inclusion for Brad Williams, Tasmania wanted six from the final two deliveries, which they managed when Scott Kremerskothen smashed a four straight down the ground and followed it with two runs squeezed off the final ball.
Winning the toss and choosing to bat, Western Australia made a competitive total of 7 for 262 that included a blistering 63-ball knock of 66 from Shaun Marsh. Chris Rogers (72) had earlier got the home side off to a confident start before Tasmania fought back well with Adam Griffith conceding only 17 runs from his ten overs. In reply, Tasmania took 12 balls to get off the mark before Di Venuto got into his stride with an innings that helped push his side off the bottom of the ladder.
Williams, who was omitted from Western Australia's Pura Cup team on Thursday, withdrew on the morning of the match to give Magoffin his chance. A team spokesman said Williams had decided to take some time away from cricket to consider his future.