WA v Tas, Sheffield Shield, Perth February 23, 2013

Warriors in sight of stunning victory

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • rienzie on February 24, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Go WA, against all the odds, after only getting 97 in the first innings! Langer you are a legend...

  • Matt on February 24, 2013, 0:39 GMT

    @Humphrey Hollins- His younger brothers Will Agar & Wes Agar are also very good too, both could be a chance to play for the Vics in a few seasons.

  • Lou on February 23, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Remarkable work from Whiteman and Agar considering their ages and experience, chipping away, putting away the bad ball. Both of them hold out some encouragement for the Warriors for the future.

  • Ryan on February 23, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    This will truly be an unbelievable win if WA can get up in the morning! Glad to see Mitch Marsh back, can't wait to see him in the green and gold again. Great on the new guy, Agar, too. From what I've heard he is a real find. Saw a little bit of him during his time in the U-19 World Cup and he seemed to have that sort of nack about him.

  • Satish on February 23, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    yeah Agar ,Turner,Zampa all can bat and take wickets.Mitchel Marsh is a great prospect too.

  • Dylan on February 23, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Seems like a lot of our young bowlers can bat too. Will be quite handy for the future. Hopefully Agar can deliver a magnificent victory.

  • Dummy4 on February 23, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Agar looks like a real find,this is only his third match I think since coming from victoria and he got three wickets in the first innings. Perusing melbourne grade cricket results today I found two w. agars playing third grade for richmond.I think their mum is sri lankan.

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