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February 22, 2010
Tasmania 261 and 246 beat Western Australia 233 and 204 (Swart 83, Drew 3-50, Maher 3-55) by 70 runs
The debutant Michael Swart put up a terrific fight for Western Australia but it was not enough to stop Tasmania from securing a 70-run win in Perth. The victory pushed the Tigers into third spot on the table with two rounds remaining and left the Warriors propping up the competition in last position.
Western Australia were chasing 275 in the fourth innings and when they slumped to 5 for 87 the result looked like being a formality. Adam Maher's three top-order wickets were followed by middle-order strikes from Brendan Drew before the Warriors found some fight through Swart and Luke Ronchi.
They put on 68 for the seventh wicket until the run-out of Ronchi put the match firmly back in Tasmania's favour. Swart, playing his first Sheffield Shield game at 27, tried to keep the chase going but his partners were disappearing fast and he was the last man out, caught off Drew for 83.
It was a disappointing result not only for the Warriors but also for their captain Marcus North, who was not out overnight and was keen for a big score ahead of the selection of the Test squad to tour New Zealand. North was the second man out on the final morning when he knocked a drive straight back to the bowler Drew for 15 to add to his first-innings 23.
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