Redbacks breeze to victory after Warriors slump
South Australia 2 for 150 (Borgas 49*) beat Western Australia 148 (Heal 50, Haberfield 3-30) by 8 wickets
South Australia eased to an eight-wicket win over Western Australia to move from the bottom third of the table after the hosts suffered a horrible collapse during the morning. The Warriors were wondering why they bothered travelling south to Bunbury - it was the state's first game away from the WACA - as they started the match by falling to 6 for 38 in the 16th over.
Mitchell Marsh, at 17 years and 111 days, became the youngest debutant in Australian domestic cricket and the No. 5 was needed in the sixth over. He was out for 10 to follow the miserable start created by the bowling of Jake Haberfield, Mark Cleary and Daniel Christian. Haberfield led the attack with 3 for 30 off ten overs while Cleary and Christian gathered two victims each.
Aaron Heal's 50, which included five fours and three sixes, was essential to inflating the total, but the Warriors were 9 for 106 when he left. However, the final pair of Brad Knowles (23) and Ben Edmondson (16 not out) extended the total to 148 after 40 overs. It was not enough and South Australia reached the target with 80 balls remaining, gaining a bonus point.
The Redbacks suffered a blow when Daniel Harris was forced to retire hurt with a broken nose after being struck by Knowles. Michael Klinger slipped on 29 to Heal and Mark Cosgrove went for 41, but Cameron Borgas steered them home with 49 not out. Western Australia are last on 12 points, six behind the Redbacks, who jumped over New South Wales into fourth spot. All three sides have a game to play.