Victoria v Western Australia, FR Cup, Melbourne October 31, 2007

Langer and Hogg script Warriors win

Cricinfo staff

Western Australia 269 (Langer 105, Voges 51, McKay 3-49, Siddle 3-60) beat Victoria 8 for 222 (Hussey 54, Hogg 4-37) by 47 runs
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Justin Langer made 105 to set Victoria a challenging chase of 270 © Getty Images

Brad Hogg did his Test chances no harm with 4 for 37 to confirm Western Australia's 47-run win over Victoria after Justin Langer's century set the Warriors up. The Bushrangers just managed to avoid conceding a bonus point as they struggled to 8 for 222 chasing 270 for victory.

Victoria never quite got into top gear in their reply, although the opener Aiden Blizzard's 44 from 45 balls initially gave them a chance. David Hussey top scored with 54 but by the time he found his rhythm the asking rate was already unrealistically high.

Hogg helped restrict the hosts by trapping the out-of-form Brad Hodge lbw for 13 from 27 balls. He then deceived the debutant Aaron Finch, who was stumped off a wrong'un, and in his final over he had Clinton McKay caught in the deep and Hussey lbw to a conventional wrist-spinner.

Victoria's frontline slow bowler, Bryce McGain, also bowled well but he had no luck as Langer and Adam Voges guided Western Australia to 269. Langer's 105 came from 106 deliveries and he took few risks, only letting loose towards the end.

Voges also ticked the score over at nearly a run a ball in compiling his 51, while the Australian stars Adam Gilchrist and Michael Hussey teased the crowd with starts of 22 and 12 respectively. Western Australia are on top of the FR Cup table with three wins from three games and Victoria sit in third place.

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