Tasmania v Western Australia, Pura Cup, Hobart, 4th day December 22, 2006

Western Australia sneak home despite Hilfenhaus haul

Cricinfo staff

Western Australia 392 and 7 for 180 (Pomersbach 63, Hilfenhaus 5-84) beat Tasmania 94 and 447 (Di Venuto 131, Marsh 109, Geeves 80) by three wickets

Ben Hilfenhaus, who has been a strong performer for Tasmania this summer, shook the Warriors with five wickets © Getty Images

Brad Hogg's unbeaten 41 and a half-century to Luke Pomersbach steered Western Australia to a tight victory after they were rocked by Ben Hilfenhaus in their chase of 180. Hilfenhaus dropped the Warriors to 4 for 36 and went on to collect 5 for 84, but he could not push Tasmania to a home-ground win.

The debutant Pomersbach completed a strong game by adding an important 63 to his first-innings 74 as he lifted Western Australia out of trouble. However, his departure to Hilfenhaus left the Warriors at 7 for 148 and it was left to Hogg to guide them home.

Brett Geeves and Hilfenhaus added 34 in the first session before Hilfenhaus fell to a catch behind off David Bandy. Geeves was unbeaten on 80 as the Tigers posted 477, giving the Warriors an uncomfortable chase.