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January 1, 2007
Western Australia 4 for 194 (Voges 74, Meuleman 46) beat New South Wales 8 for 168 (Jaques 69, Ervine 3-18, Hogg 3-19) by 26 runs
Western Australia raced along in the opening stages of their innings as Scott Meuleman and Luke Ronchi took advantage of the fielding restrictions with an opening stand of 52 off 21 balls. Meuleman continued to set the pace, hitting five fours and two sixes, before being bowled by Nathan Haurtiz with the score reading 2 for 97 in just the eighth over. Voges then took control, adding 54 for the fifth-wicket with David Bandy. Nathan Bracken came in for some fierce punishment conceding 57 off his four overs.
Jaques and Brad Haddin ensured New South Wales were up with the pace early in the chase as the Blues reached 1 for 81 after eight overs. However, Hogg again underlined the value of spin in this form of the game by snaring both key players in successive overs. Jaques fell after striking four sixes in a 38-ball 69 and when Dominic Thornely was stumped two balls later - for Hogg's third scalp - the Blues' chance slipped away.
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