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October 14, 2011
Western Australia 176 and 4 for 437 dec beat Tasmania 206 and 382 (Bailey 116, Ponting 87, Cosgrove 50, Johnson 5-69) by 25 runs
Mitchell Johnson warmed up for Australia's Test tour of South Africa with a five-wicket haul that set up victory for Western Australia in a tense finish in Perth. A century from Tasmania's captain George Bailey gave his side every chance of chasing down their target of 408, while Ricky Ponting made 87, but in the end the Warriors closed out a 25-run win as the shadows fell over the WACA.
Johnson, who rolled his ankle on the opening day, finished with 5 for 69, including the key wicket of Bailey, who was caught in the slips for 116. Johnson also picked up Tom Triffitt, caught down the leg side, in the same over, and from a strong position needing 79 runs with five wickets in hand, the Tigers were suddenly in trouble at seven-down.
The last pair, Luke Butterworth and Adam Maher, put on a 26-run stand that got Tasmania with sight of their goal, but Western Australia's win was confirmed when Butterworth was bowed by Michael Beer for 34. Beer had earlier picked up Ponting, who had been dropped by Johnson on 23 during a 149-run partnership with Bailey.
Bailey brought up his hundred - his 12th in first-class cricket - from his 221st delivery, and he had help in the middle order from Mark Cosgrove, who made 50. But in the end, the Tigers had to settle for first-innings points.
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