WA v Victoria, Sheffield Shield, Perth, 3rd day October 2, 2012

Hastings bowls Victoria to big win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Victoria 375 and 0 for 4 beat Western Australia 175 and 200 (Coulter-Nile 45, Hastings 5-30) by 10 wickets

John Hastings made the perfect comeback to first-class cricket with a career-best five-wicket haul that helped Victoria crush Western Australia by 10 wickets at the WACA. The Victorians needed only one session on the third day to wrap up their victory as the Western Australia batting order again collapsed, all out for 200 to add to their disappointing first-innings effort of 175.

In his first outing at first-class level since December 2010 Hastings, who missed all of last summer with a shoulder injury, picked up 5 for 30 and was not surprisingly named Man of the Match after grabbing two wickets in Western Australia's first innings and scoring 39. Hastings picked up the important wicket of Mitchell Marsh early in the day, caught at point for 40.

Shaun Marsh followed soon afterwards when he was trapped lbw by Hastings for 30 and it was only through some late hitting from Nathan Coulter-Nile (45 off 30 balls) that the Warriors avoided an innings defeat. They were dismissed with the scores level, leaving Victoria one run to win, and the opener Chris Rogers clipped a boundary off his pads off Mitchell Johnson from the first ball of the second innings to confirm the result.

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  • Andrew on October 3, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    @katandthat3 on (October 02 2012, 23:19 PM GMT) - hope so! WA should be doing better. I thought about S Marsh getting a nod for the Indian series, as I think Cowan is a no-go for that tour. I am now of an opinion, subject to form changes, that in India, Watto should open. I like Warner & expect him to develop, & would have him as our first choice opener here in Oz, but I think he will have troubles in India. So to me SMarsh & Watto would of been a good opening combo, but Marsh's form is crud & it will need about 4 100s this summer for me to change my mind that he wont wear the Baggy Green again. I would like to see Oz doing something a bit out of the box in India & maybe select DHussey as an opener or maybe Punter?

  • Garry on October 2, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    Well done Vics, very dominant. Mac had a great game as was a good comeback by Hastings (would have enjoyed bowling on the WACA). The Warriors, what can I say, well don't need to, they'd want to be hurting after the first two SS performances. Talent alone doesn't get you there and they have one of the most talented line-ups so they better find the other key ingredients to getting stronger performances let alone winning. It's a shame about Shaun Marsh from my perspective as I think he'd be a pretty important player on the Indian tour (his tour of SL and his experience in the IPL on those wickets). Still some other boys have got off to a good start but it's a long season so I'm not writing off any player yet. Having a dominant 2nd half to the season after the BBL could just be as important for the 2 major tours to follow. Maybe the Champions League will awake the Perth/WA boys from their slumber (including their pre-season results).

  • Andrew on October 2, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    @Chris_P on (October 02 2012, 14:34 PM GMT) - yeah when jonesy2 says the WA performance was unnacceptable, you know there are a few problems! LOL! In regards Hastings, I would rate him well behind about a dozen others for Tests, but then you look at his bowling stats, he really keeps it tight AND he takes wickets. I think his back of a length style is probably not the McDermott-way, therefor would be less effective in the International arena, which can SORT of be seen by his ODI S/R not being good. although he got S Marsh LBW, at the moment anybody with an arm & two legs seems to be able to do that!

  • Peter on October 2, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    @Winsome. Agree with S. Marsh, I think he is being overtaken by both batsmen & bowlers (Cutting). He has really slipped away probably needs a phenomenal run to get back into the books for an unlikely return. M. Marsh needs to learn what patience means. Agree with Meety, he may be a contender for the short form, but is way behind the pecking order for tests. Good work by Hastings, always got time for guys who put in the hard yards.

  • Rakesh on October 2, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Young marsh was looking good but hit a four ball straight to point, couldn't control it to the ground though he connected pretty well

  • Lou on October 2, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Poor from Mitchell Marsh, someone could try teaching him not to hit the ball in the air early in the day. Shaun Marsh won't be seeing any Aus colours on his back for some time, if at all, I'd say. Great work from the Vics, thorough dominance from the first ball of the match.

  • Bryn on October 2, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    unacceptable from the warriors. yes the vic bowling attack is better than every test bowling attack in the world but thats the exact sort of times when the marsh bros need to be scoring the big runs, against the likes of siddle, pattinson, mcdonald and hastings

  • Andrew on October 2, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Good work from the big fella!

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