New South Wales v Western Australia, FR Cup, Sydney January 23, 2008

Warriors fall short despite Marsh hundred

Cricinfo staff

New South Wales 7 for 244 (Hughes 42) beat Western Australia 193 (Marsh 103, Thornely 3-22, Bollinger 3-39) by 51 runs

Phillip Hughes top scored for New South Wales with 42 © Getty Images

Shaun Marsh's first one-day century was not enough for Western Australia to overcome a strong all-round effort from New South Wales at the SCG. Marsh made 103 but only two other Warriors reached double-figures and the home side's 7 for 244 proved out of reach.

Marsh was the last man out and it would have required a one-man rescue for him to get Western Australia over the line - they needed 52 runs from just over six overs when he swept Dominic Thornely to midwicket. Marcus North, in his first match for the season, chipped in with 48 from 62 balls but he also fell to Thornely, the Man of the Match, who finished with 3 for 22.

Doug Bollinger had already made things difficult for the visitors by collecting 3 for 39, including two wickets from two balls in the 34th over shortly after North departed. Three of the Warriors' key danger men did not fire - Luke Ronchi was out for 2, Luke Pomersbach managed 8, and Adam Voges fell for 2.

The New South Wales batting card displayed a much more even effort, with 42 from Phillip Hughes at the top of the order the largest contribution. Four men scored in the 30s and the Warriors could not string enough wickets together to significantly halt the runs.

Ben Edmondson's 2 for 44 was handy and Aaron Heal also chipped in with two wickets. The loss leaves the Warriors in second-last position while New South Wales sit fourth.