New South Wales v Western Australia, ING Cup, Sydney February 19, 2006

Western Australia prevail in thriller

Cricinfo staff

Western Australia 247 (Voges 57, Worthington 50, MacGill 4-54) beat New South Wales 8 for 246 (Clarke 75, Simmons 51, Thornely 50) by 1 run

Aaron O'Brien led the NSW fightback with 47, but fell in the final over © Getty Images

Western Australia defeated New South Wales by one run in a thrilling contest at the Drummoyne Oval in Sydney. Chasing 248, the Blues were cruising with nine runs needed off the last 10 balls with five wickets in hand until they were hit by a three-wicket collapse.

Michael Clarke and Craig Simmons laid the foundation for the Blues with a 116-run second-wicket stand, scoring 75 and 51 respectively. Western Australia's bowlers managed to stem the flow of runs despite the partnership and came right back into the match, picking up four wickets for 20 runs.

Brad Haddin and Matthew Phelps failed and after Clarke's dismissal at 140, the Blues had lost half their side with more than a hundred to get. However, Aaron O'Brien (47) and Dominic Thornely (50) staged a recovery, putting on 98 for the sixth wicket. With the required rate climbing, the Blues lost both the well-set batsmen in quick succession towards the end, making the task harder for the tail-enders.

The Warriors rode to their total on half-centuries by Adam Voges and Peter Worthington, who put on a useful 96 for the sixth wicket, to bail the side out of trouble at 5 for 101. Stuart MacGill cleaned up the lower order taking 4 for 54 off nine overs.