Western Australia v Tasmania, Pura Cup, Perth, 2nd day March 8, 2008

Warriors ready to send Langer off in style

Cricinfo staff

Western Australia 372 & 3 for 119 (Rogers 41) lead Tasmania 207 (Di Venuto 64, Marsh 51, Dorey 4-45) by 284 runs

Michael Di Venuto struck a half-century in his final game for Tasmania, but it could not stop his side from struggling against Western Australia © Getty Images

Justin Langer has batted for the final time for Western Australia, but his team-mates have given him the best chance of bowing out a winner against Tasmania. The Warriors lost three wickets once they dismissed the Tigers after tea for 207 and hold a 284-run buffer entering the third day.

Langer went for 23 when he hit Brett Geeves to point and the bowler switched ends to remove Shaun Marsh for 4 three overs later. Chris Rogers picked up 41 before nicking Luke Butterworth to first slip, leaving Marcus North (23) and Luke Pomersbach (24) to make it 3 for 119 at stumps.

North did not enforce the follow-on when Tasmania were dismissed 16 short of the mark after a strong performance from Brett Dorey. He picked up 4 for 45 while Mathew Inness, who will also step down after this game, and Ben Edmondson captured three wickets each.

Tasmania relied on Michael Di Venuto, who top scored with 64 while playing his final contest for the state, and Daniel Marsh (51), but there was not much help from the rest and the innings finished when they lost 3 for 2 in 10 balls. Both teams are out of the race for the finals.