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.