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February 6, 2010
Western Australia 5 for 234 (Pomersbach 104*) beat South Australia 9 for 233 (Klinger 51, Edmondson 3-45) by 5 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Luke Pomersbach kept Western Australia's season alive with a maiden century that earned them a valuable bonus point against South Australia. Pomersbach raised his highest one-day score with 104 off 102 balls as the Warriors passed the visitors' 9 for 233 with five wickets and 11 overs remaining.
The win lifted them to second on a crowded table, leaving them needing to win their last group game to stay in contention for the final. South Australia remain on 17 points along with Victoria and New South Wales, four behind the leaders Queensland.
Pomersbach entered at No. 3 and after a watchful start found his groove by hitting Dan Christian for two fours and a six over midwicket in consecutive balls. South Australia had the hosts 3 for 87 but Pomersbach picked up the pace in partnership with Marcus North (22) and then watched Mitchell Marsh thrash 29 from 13 before securing the win. Pomersbach had a couple of reprieves during a sloppy day for fielding, but walked off with a collection of 13 boundaries and the six.
South Australia were on target for a big total when Michael Klinger and Mark Cosgrove were together after combining at 2 for 66, but life became much tougher and the tourists were unable to find the expected late surge. Klinger was patient early before increasing his tempo, including hitting Aaron Heal for six in his 51, which ended when he was stumped off North.
Cosgrove was the brightest of the visitors, although he did benefit from two drops off Heal mid-innings, and enjoyed planting the spinner for a couple of straight sixes. However, his luck ran out on 43 when he pushed North to long off, where Marsh leapt for an athletic catch to have the Redbacks 4 for 154.
Cameron Borgas (31) and Christian (20) chipped in but Ben Edmondson (3 for 45) made things difficult during the second half of the innings. Nathan Coulter-Nile was also impressive with 3 for 46 while North picked up 2 for 28 in a strong all-round display from the Warriors.
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