Western Australia cruise to big win

Western Australia 410 (Cartwright 94, Bancroft 84) and 1 for 54 beat Tasmania 198 (Bailey 75, Green 5-24, Mackin 4-27) and 265 (Milenko 75, Bailey 44, Moody 4-45) by nine wickets

Western Australia completed a nine-wicket thumping of Tasmania inside three days at Bellerive Oval to notch their third consecutive Sheffield Shield victory and pull back into contention for the competition final.

Western Australia were again well served by their seam attack, the debutant Cameron Green added two wickets to his first-innings five while David Moody claimed four to help round up Tasmania's second innings for 265, despite a firm rearguard effort from Simon Milenko that ensured the hosts would avoid an innings defeat.

That left a target of only 54 for Western Australia to seal victory, with Hilton Cartwright wasting little time on the requirement after Cameron Bancroft fell to Milenko. Cartwright earned Man-of-the-Match honours for his first-innings 94 when batting conditions were at their most difficult.

WA remain fifth on the table, but are now within an outright win of second place with three fixtures remaining.