Paris bowls Western Australia to victory
Western Australia 415 (Agar 106, Klinger 66, Fekete 5-77, Bird 3-74) and 1 for 52 beat Tasmania 261 (Trifitt 66, Hogan 4-48) and 205 (Dunk 75, Paris 6-23) by nine wickets
Last week Australia's chairman of selectors, Rod Marsh, mentioned Joel Paris as a fast bowler whose progress would be carefully watched by the national panel given his height, his ability to swing the ball, and his brilliant junior career. This week, Paris has responded by collecting the remarkable figures of 6 for 23 from 14.3 overs to bowl Western Australia to victory in just his second first-class match.
Paris emerged last summer by collecting 13 wickets at 12.92 in the Matador Cup but suffered a torn quadriceps in the final, which prevented him from playing for his state for the rest of the summer. Now 22, Paris made his first-class debut in the previous Sheffield Shield round and collected six wickets for the match, and has now taken eight in Western Australia's nine-wicket win over Tasmania.
The Tigers resumed the fourth day on 5 for 184 but were able to add only 21 for the loss of their last five wickets, Paris having had both Tom Triffitt and Xavier Doherty caught behind without any further addition to the overnight total. He then had James Faulkner caught behind for 40 and added a sixth wicket, that of Sam Rainbird, to finish the innings off.
Tasmania had been dismissed for 205, which meant a target of 52 for the Warriors, and they got there with only the loss of Will Bosisto, who was lbw to Jackson Bird for 2. Cameron Bancroft was unbeaten on 32 and Jon Wells was on 18 when the victory was sealed.