Tye clips Tasmania with five-for
Western Australia 256 for 8 (Marsh 84, Rogers 68, Gulbis 3-37) beat Tasmania 204 (Gulbis 47, Tye 5-46) by 52 runs
Shaun Marsh's 84, and a five-wicket haul by the seamer Andrew Tye helped Western Australia win their first game in the tournament after four defeats. Marsh's second successive half-century helped Western Australia to 256, but Tasmania, in response, folded for 204 at the Blacktown Olympic Park Oval.
The stand of 150 for the second wicket between Marsh and John Rogers was the defining one. Marsh hit seven boundaries and a six in his knock before he was dismissed in the 34th over. Evan Gulbis then removed Rogers two balls later and Western Australia suddenly had two new batsmen at the crease. Western Australia had stumbled to 182 for 6 before Marcus North and the lower order fought back to take the score past 250.
The Tasmania openers began slowly but steadily, adding 53 off 15 overs before Alex Doolan was caught off Tye who took the first of his five wickets. Gulbis, batting at No.3, gave the chase a push with a 46-ball 47 and he had added 44 with Ed Cowan. It turned out to be the highest stand of the innings and Gulbis' dismissal in the 29th over turned the match in Western Australia's favour. The middle and lower order failed to step up as Western Australia, led by Tye, struck regularly. Tye picked up his first five-for, in only his fourth match.