Queensland v WA, Ryobi Cup, Brisbane February 2, 2013

Marsh and Voges crush Queensland

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Western Australia 4 for 308 (Marsh 155*, Voges 112, Gale 3-50) beat Queensland 198 (Reardon 58, Behrendorff 3-39, Coulter-Nile 3-48, Agar 3-51) by 110 runs

Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges both struck career-best one-day scores to set up a comprehensive 110-run victory for Western Australia over Queensland at the Gabba. The Warriors collected a bonus point after bowling the Bulls out for 198 in the 44th over, the big chase of 309 never really having got on track after Nathan Coulter-Nile made two early breakthroughs to have Queensland at 2 for 13.

The hefty chase was required due to the 229-run third-wicket partnership between Marsh and Voges, which was all the more impressive given that they came together at 2 for 16 in the ninth over. It was Western Australia's second-highest one-day partnership of all time, falling short of the record 257 set by Murray Goodwin and Michael Hussey in 2001.

Marsh was initially slow as he tried to handle the moving ball and his first 40 deliveries brought him only 11 runs. However, he gradually began to find his rhythm and brought up his half-century from his 79th ball and his hundred from his 123rd delivery. A flurry of late runs, including three consecutive sixes off Alastair McDermott, took Marsh past his previous one-day best of 132 and he finished unbeaten on 155 from 147 balls.

Voges was quicker than Marsh initially and maintained a near run-a-ball rate throughout his innings, scoring his fourth List A hundred from his 107th delivery. He passed his previous highest score of 104 not out and was eventually caught for 112 off the bowling of Matthew Gale, who picked up three wickets.

After Queensland lost both Chris Hartley and Joe Burns for ducks, there was a slight recovery from Greg Moller, who in his first state game for more than three years made 39, and Peter Forrest (40). Nathan Reardon also scored a brisk 58 but the regular loss of wickets - Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff and the spinner Ashton Agar collected three each - meant the Bulls were never really in the contest.

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  • Andrew on February 4, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    @katandthat3 on (February 03 2013, 10:12 AM GMT) - as soon as I finished typing WA have taken 2 wickets in two balls!

  • Graham on February 3, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Nap73 - Did I read you write starting off too slow does not work in international cricket. All batsman should follow the Marsh lead and get themselves in before playing the big shots. Did you watch Bailey today? How about Hughes in hobart against Sri Lanka perfectly timed innings. Marsh never seems to panic and always knows that once he is he can make up time. I think he is a seriously good one-day player when in form.

  • Garry on February 3, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Great knock by Voges too. Both guys had an ordinary start to the season but the BBL has helped them in to form. Good to see WA make some progress. Need all states to be doing well. C-N continues to impress and have been happy with Agar, hope he plays the remainder of the season (hopefully NSW can do the same with Zampa and give him more games). Shame Burns & Pomersbach missed out as I like watching them bat but Reardo was entertaining. Dorf & Paris look very handy swinging the ball and as evidenced this summer, swing bowling is so valuable no matter what pace.

  • Andrew on February 3, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    I am not a S Marsh fan, but any ton over 150 in a List A game is special. Well done, hopefully this will lead into Shield form. Hopefully this does not = an ODI call up though. @hyclass - your original comment would of been warranted had this been an article about S Marsh being selected for the ODI or Test side. I would love to see more batsmen come out & make big scores, even if they are ones that don't inspire me much!

  • Garry on February 3, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    I guess it's just too hard to say, well done that was a great one-day knock, instead we get the usual dribble from the most negative cricket observers, why even bother follow if you have nothing useful to add. Never mentioned anything about Test cricket for Marsh right now and either has he (unlike others who constantly talk up making scores of 20). The BBL is a pretty good domestic comp with a lot of the same players who play 1st class cricket. So if Shield is good enough for Test selection BBL should be good enough evidence for good performers to play Aussie T20 and ODI. Can't have it great for one format and then irrelevant for others but I guess that's typical if the stats are too good for certain players bring in some other useless facts to distort the picture if it makes your own failings as a cricketer less painful. Surprised we didn't hear about Khawaja's trigger movement. Keep up the amazing insight @hyclass, nothing but spite really and like my rubbish so are your views.

  • Thomas on February 3, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    I'm impressed, to say the least. Looks like JL is having a positive influence on these guys...keep it going WA!

  • Christopher on February 3, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    With respect to the BBL and IPL, I think the dilution of the playing pool that has been necessary to populate these extra teams is evidenced in the disparity between Marsh's T20I average of 17.88 at the glacial S/R of 101 and his 20/20 record.

  • Christopher on February 3, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    @DylanBrah...only @Guthers007 is worth reading. The rest of the comments are the same rubbish from pro-Marsh fanatics that I read pushing for his Test selection that proved equally as mid-guided. I pointed out at the time that his slight increase in 1st Class average from very mediocre to just plain mediocre was a consequence of having games out each season vs SthAustralia's then super weak attack on the very flat Adelaide Oval. His Test debut was against an even weaker attack on, if possible, an even flatter wicket.I suggested that the first time he faced reasonable opposition, his career would be over, based on his career record,which was in fact what happened.A career record exists to demonstrate strengths and weaknesses against varied opposition in varied conditions. It makes ugly reading and he is frankly lucky to still be a state squad member.This is his 12th season and he's almost 30. Its highly improbable that he will make quantum leaps in attitude or game this late.

  • Neil on February 3, 2013, 0:29 GMT

    Marsh has this annoying habit of starting off too slow. It does not work when you go to the next level of international cricket. Despite the improving domestic scene (particularly in the fast bowling department, although greater application of swing is still required), the gap still seems too big for batsmen.

  • Garry on February 2, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    A great knock by Marshy & Voges. Marsh knows himself he needs to score more and this is a good start. He has had to pull his head in and hopefully he can make a good run from there. As he displayed in this knock he has plenty of class that isn't backed up by his first class stats. He is only 29 and will play for Australia again at least in T20 & ODI. For tests he has to string some consistent shield seasons together but I think he can. I always laugh that people who have vendettas against certain players will always look at the negatives like a certain poster here, the argument giving no room for improvement for players. So they start off slowly in their careers, does that mean they can't be picked again even if they put together 2 excellent domestic seasons despite they're overall average. I think not. Marsh has done really well for Australia in ODI so I'm hoping to see him in there soon. Up to him on Test aspirations but he knows he has work to do. Attitude, fitness, runs.

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