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February 21, 2011
Tasmania 0 for 79 (Nick Kruger 38*) trail Western Australia 160 (Coulter-Nile 40, Butterworth 6-51) by 81 runs
Tasmania took firm control of their Sheffield Shield encounter against Western Australia at the WACA in Perth on day one, bowling them out for 160 courtesy a six-wicket haul from Luke Butterworth, before ending the day on 79 for no loss.
Being made to field by Marcus North, Tasmania made early inroads as Butterworth picked up two wickets in the sixth over to leave Western Australia at 2 for 10. The hosts never recovered, losing wickets in rapid succession. A 35-run stand for the ninth wicket was the best partnership they could manage in the innings. Butterworth's 6 for 51 is his best effort in first-class cricket. He's the leading wicket-taker in the competition.
Tasmania's openers Nick Kruger and Ed Cowan got their side off to a solid start, remaining not out at stumps. Just the start to the match Tasmania were looking for, as an outright win here should guarantee them a spot in the final.
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