WA seamers rout Tasmania for 63 with pink ball

Western Australia 323 (Shaun Marsh 63, Cartwright 61, Bird 4-61, Bell 3-73) and 9 for 272 dec (Richardson 71, Coulter-Nile 52, Rainbird 3-47) beat Tasmania 231 (Doran 54, Kelly 4-58, Richardson 3-64) and 63 (Webster 33*, Coulter-Nile 3-18, Mackin 3-20) by 301 runs

Western Australia's seamers made a fearful mess of Tasmania to complete an enormous victory for the Warriors in the day-night Sheffield Shield match at the WACA ground.

In the only one of the opening three Shield fixtures to make it into a fourth day, the Tigers were set 365 to win after Mitchell Marsh's declaration, but were never in the contest following a rush of wickets against the new pink ball that was so dramatic as to reduce the visitors to 9 for 35 in the 17th over. Incumbent Test wicketkeeper Matthew Wade one of the batsmen caught up in the maelstrom.

A modicum of face was saved by the last pair of Beau Webster and Andrew Fekete, who added 28, but they served only to slightly reduce the margin of defeat against a WA side that carried on the momentum of a win in the domestic limited-overs tournament that started the season.

Wickets were shared evenly by the Warriors, but the national selectors will be most pleased with the performance of Nathan Coulter-Nile, who looms as a likely reserve option behind the first-choice pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.

Tasmania 4th innings Partnerships

1st4JC SilkJR Doran
2nd4AJ DoolanJC Silk
3rd0GJ BaileyAJ Doolan
4th5GJ BaileyMS Wade
5th12MS WadeBJ Webster
6th0BJ WebsterBR McDermott
7th4SL RainbirdBJ Webster
8th1BJ WebsterGT Bell
9th5JM BirdBJ Webster
10th28AL FeketeBJ Webster