Western Australia v New South Wales, Ryobi Cup, Perth February 22, 2012

Blues win despite Coulter-Nile

ESPNcricinfo staff

New South Wales 6 for 152 (Hughes 58*, Coulter-Nile 3-44) defeated Western Australia 151 (Coulter-Nile 53, Starc 4-39)

Nathan Coulter-Nile, the Western Australia fast bowler, pressed his case for an Australia call-up with a compelling allround display, but New South Wales were still able to achieve a four-wicket victory over the Warriors in the domestic limited overs match in Perth.

After WA's batting slipped to 7 for 96, Coulter-Nile shepherded the tail to a total of 151 with a poised innings of 53. He then claimed the wickets of Simon Katich, Steve Smith and Nic Maddinson with the ball to ensure the Blues made hard work of their modest chase, achieved with 7.2 overs to spare.

The NSW chase was guided by Phillip Hughes, batting at No. 3 behind Usman Khawaja and Brad Haddin. Hughes made an unbeaten 58, after Haddin had found some semblance of batting form in an innings of 32.

Mitchell Starc, dropped from Australia's ODI squad in order to be available for the match, collected 4-39 to slice through The Warriors' batting. His first wicket was that of WA's stand-in captain Shaun Marsh, who cut a short ball straight to backward point.

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  • Roo on February 23, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    Agree with your comment - it was what I tried to say, but I said it in a very convoluted manner... lol... I don't think the selectors have the finals bowling squad picked out yet... Though really it has been our batsmen that have lead to our losses & don't think we have any real problems in our bowling department...

  • Andrew on February 22, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    Interesting to see that Tim Armstrong is now playing for WA. The log-jam at NSW prompted it, he is a good pick up for WA.

  • Scott on February 22, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    zen, if Starc was being rested from the ODI squad, then I doubt he would've played in a meaningless Ryobi Cup match. It's just part of CA's rotation policy with the fast bowlers, so that they're less likely to get injured.

  • Roo on February 22, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Can't see much in the "staff writers" comment that Starc was dropped from the ODI squad for a meaningless final game between the cellar dwellers in the Ryobi Cup... With just 3 games left for Oz in the Tri-nations series before the finals either Starc isn't up to scratch or Harris/McKay are being given final chances to prove themselves or Starc is genuinely being rested before the finals... Obviously the selectors have a plan, but it looks very open to interpretation...

  • Roo on February 22, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Wasn't much of a game for WA - battle for the cellar dwellers in OD'ers... Lost their captain & vc in the match before... Really just a practice game before the all important final 2 SS matches of the season & getting players fit... Great to see Coulter-Nile play so well through the SS & OD matches after being picked just minutes before the start of the SS game due to food poisoning - seems to have recovered well, especially in the Shield match where they smashed NSW into an all time low for over 80 years...

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