Western Australia v Tasmania, Pura Cup, Perth, 4th day March 10, 2008

Inness bowls Warriors to 222-run win

Cricinfo staff

Western Australia 372 and 8 for 318 dec beat Tasmania 207 and 261 (Butterworth 79, Inness 4-44) by 222 runs
Points table

Mathew Inness has had a summer to remember in his final season of Pura Cup cricket © Getty Images

Mathew Inness retired in style by bowling Western Australia to a 222-run victory over Tasmania at the WACA. The Tigers began the day still 336 short of their target with seven wickets in hand, but any thoughts of a dashing chase ended when they lost 3 for 5 in five overs before lunch.

Inness picked up two of those wickets, George Bailey caught behind for 33 and Tim Paine bowled for 5, and he finished the job by trapping Tim Macdonald lbw to secure the win. It capped off a remarkable year for Inness, who collected 4 for 44 to take his season tally to 40 wickets at 20.12. Only Doug Bollinger and Ashley Noffke had more prolific campaigns than Inness, who was overlooked for every match last summer.

After Paine departed Tasmania were 6 for 161 and Luke Butterworth's 79, which included four sixes, was the only bright spot as the defending champions ended their season in fourth place. Although Inness' seven wickets were the most from any bowler during the game it was another retiree, Justin Langer, who was named Man of the Match for his first-innings 131.