Beaton's debut knock helps WA home
Western Australia 5 for 217 (Voges 85*, Beaton 71) beat Queensland 212 (Hartley 58, Dorey 4-53) by five wickets
Western Australia debutant Tom Beaton launched his career with an impressive 71 to help the side secure a five-wicket victory against Queensland at the WACA. Beaton added 141 for the fifth wicket with Adam Voges who played a captain's hand to finish unbeaten on 85 when victory came with five balls to spare.
The home side were behind the game at the 20-over split having fallen to 3 for 9 following incisive new-ball bursts from Nathan Rimmington and Chris Swan. However, when the innings resumed with a target of 212, Beaton and Voges made strong progress. Twenty-year-old Beaton hit three sixes in a 73-ball stay before he was run out by James Hopes, but by then the result was almost assured.
Voges provided an experienced figure to the chase and paced his innings perfectly while Beaton scored at close to a run-a-ball in the highest score by a Western Australia debutant. Luke Ronchi gave the match a swift conclusion with a quick-fire 23 to guard against any last-minute nerves for Western Australia who remain firmly in contention for a place in the final.
Queensland, who are stuck to the bottom of the table, suffered a major batting collapse as they wasted an ideal platform of 1 for 146 after 31 overs. Chris Hartley (58) and Chris Lynn (47) both departed to Brett Dorey in the 32nd over and the innings never regained any momentum. Dorey claimed two more to finish with 4 for 53 in 11 overs although Michael Neser (30 not out) edged the total over 200.