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Coulter-Nile three-for leads WA to dominant win on return

Western Australia 240 for 5 (Inglis 50, Turner 47) beat South Australia 237 for 9 (Carey 58, Valente 47, Coulter-Nile 3-46, Tye 3-49) by five wickets

Western Australia glided to their second win in as many domestic limited-overs matches after restricting South Australia's batsmen at the WACA Ground. Over the river from the AFL preliminary final at a packed Perth Stadium, the Warriors were well served by the pacemen Nathan Coulter-Nile and Andrew Tye, who claimed three wickets apiece to keep the Redbacks off balance.

A critical early blow was the recalled Coulter-Nile's defeat of Jake Weatherald for a duck on the pull shot, after the left-hander's dominant century to take SA to victory over New South Wales on Thursday. Tye's victims included the Redbacks wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey (58), who fell just as he seemed likely to be setting the visitors on course for a handsome total. The rest of SA's innings was a struggle, summed up by the fact that the bowling allrounder Cameron Valente was required to make 47 to push the Redbacks as far as 237 from their allotment of 50 overs.

While Josh Philippe was out early in WA's chase, the Warriors gloveman Josh Inglis (50) made a key contriburion to ensure the hosts cut down the target with plenty of wickets in hand. The WA captain Ashton Turner, Hilton Cartwright and the diminutive Jon Wells all notched scores in the 40s to ensure a WA victory, albeit not swiftly enough to claim a bonus point.