WA v Tasmania, Ryobi Cup, Perth February 19, 2013

Tigers win sets up Vic v Qld final

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Tasmania 6 for 307 (Ponting 95, Silk 66, Faulkner 59*) beat Western Australia 256 (Marsh 104, Turner 51, Faulkner 3-62) by 51 runs

A thrilling century by Mitchell Marsh on his return to Western Australia's side was not enough to prevent Tasmania from completing a 51-run victory at the WACA Ground that left Victoria to host Queensland in the domestic limited overs final.

Marsh and the debutant spin bowler Ashton Turner added an audacious 86 after early wickets had all but ruled out WA's chances of completing their chase of Tasmania's 6 for 307 inside the 40 overs they required to claim a bonus point and sneak past the Bulls.

However Turner's departure to James Faulkner, who produced an influential allround display, signalled the end of the hosts' serious resistance, which had been earlier blunted by Ricky Ponting's chancy but at other times attractive 95.

In his first match for WA, the former New South Welshman Burt Cockley nabbed a pair of early Tigers wickets with some disconcerting bounce, but after Ponting had been dropped by turner in the gully the visitors pressed on to a major score, Jordan Silk also playing neatly.

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  • Anupam on February 20, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    MISSING BEER in India series, SL series and now in domestic series.

  • Garry on February 20, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    Great to see Mitch bounce back after injury, just need to see them boys dispense with the Marsh rotation policy and have both in there firing. There are plenty of haters out there waiting to jump on any Marsh achievement but these boys are good. There is so much talent in Australian cricket, just need to get the boys in there. Butterworth & Sayers for UK tour, do we still consider Rogers for Ashes? His FC record is outstanding but does his one Test match count against him, a bit unfair perhaps. I've had 1 and a 1/2 bottles of wine. Pick the best for tests and pick the future during ODI (for World Cups in mind, Marsh's, C-N, Faulkner, Finch, Burns etc for Champions Trophy in build up) & T20. We're looking alright but we could be in for some hurt in the next two series.

  • Satish on February 20, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    Mitchel Marsh if stays injury free will have a way better career than his brother,Shaun(hamstring)Marsh.

  • Dylan on February 20, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    @jonesy2 - settle your kettle, champ. Marsh won't be playing as an allrounder for the remainder of the season and is still largely unproven in FC cricket. He's definitely another season away from Test cricket, let alone Jacques Kallis quality. T20 and ODI's are another story

  • Aidan on February 20, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    This guy is a serious talent. And no he should not quit bowling. Watched him in a couple of 20/20 matches - he can hit the high 130's quite easily. He actually seems to have a good natural bowling action. He is an all-rounder. Although jonesy2 can be very passionately patriotic - his statement has credence.

  • Andrew on February 20, 2013, 0:15 GMT

    Surprised nobody that the author just said "...Jordan Silk also playing neatly..." - surely there was a pun somewhere? == == == Sometimes over the last couple of months I really have wondered whether Punter retired too soon! == == == Faulkner is taking his game to another level. Its form like that makes you think that he should of been on a plane to India as the bowling allrounder @ #7. He has always been a good wicket taker, but I get the impression his batting is starting to bloom. == == == A switched on MMarsh (IMO), solves Oz's ODI problem in terms of batting/bowling mix. He also adds the same sort of power Maxwell can deliver. Hopefully he can finish off the Shield campaign with some big scores, as if he can deliver on what I think he can, he is also Oz's solution to the non-bowling Watto cunundrum!

  • Dummy4 on February 19, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    Faulkner is getting better and better. My prediction is he will be in the test team for the up coming ashes at some stage

  • Bryn on February 19, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    if marsh has a productive finish to the season run scoring wise then he will be playing in the ashes this year and on his way to becoming the worlds best allrounder, he is the potentially the greatest cricketer the world has seen since jaques kallis almost 20 years ago

  • Alex on February 19, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    Got a feeling Faulkner will be an international one day player for the next 10 years. Great to see Mitch Marsh back with a century, don't need to rush him back into the international fold quite yet, give him time and we could get a very good all rounder at number 6 for the 2015 Ashes.

  • Dummy4 on February 19, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    well done mitch marsh fantastic century. u need to keep scoring in first class cricket as well. forget bowling u get injured when u keep on bowling just concerntrate on batting.

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