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February 23, 2013
Western Australia 97 and 8 for 351 (Whiteman 83, Agar 71*, Marsh 51, Faulkner 4-65, Hilfenhaus 3-59) need 6 runs to beat Tasmania 211 and 242 (Ponting 76, Duffield 4-71)
A remarkable rearguard by Western Australia has taken the Warriors to within six runs of victory over Tasmania with a day remaining in the Sheffield Shield match at the WACA ground.
Set 357 to win early on day three after forfeiting their first innings for a mere 97, the hosts fought their way to 8 for 351 at the close of a day extended by 30 minutes to allow the match to be decided.
Tasmania remain a chance to win with a pair of late wickets, though the will be ruing the fact the match has been allowed to get that close given their earlier dominance.
WA's chase was shepherded by the young wicketkeeper Sam Whiteman, while the 19-year-old spinner Ashton Agar showed tremendous maturity in an unbeaten 71. Michael Hussey and Mitchell Marsh also contributed.
The Tigers appeared headed for the outright win, Ben Hilfenhaus and James Faulkner reducing the Warriors to 3 for 37 then 5 for 137. But Marsh, Whiteman and Agar persisted admirably to take their side to the cusp of a memorable chase.
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