WA v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Perth, 1st day February 21, 2011

Butterworth knocks over Western Australia

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Andrew on February 22, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    @skidmark - right re: Faulkner. Butterworth just hasn't put it all together in 1st class cricket like he has done this year. He HAS to be on the radar now!

  • Mark on February 22, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    Don't forget his century in the shield final a few years back, he is a class act and if given a chance could be Australia's best all-rounder for a long time. And keep an eye on young Faulkner, he could be even better.

  • Garry on February 22, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    Agree, Butterworth should go to Sri Lanka. He's been on the scene for a while and is an outstanding cricketer and deserves his chance. Most opposition bats would prefer to face 140km/h with no movement than 130km/h swingers and cutters. McDonald is another that should be considered.

  • Andrew on February 22, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    Always pigeon-holed Butterworth as a limited over specialist. He has been super this summer with BAT & BALL. I think he has to tour Sri Lanka later this year.

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