War­riors hold nerve to tame gutsy Tigers

Townsville Bulletin - - Cricket -

WEST­ERN Aus­tralia f o u g h t o f f a s t i r r i n g fight­back by Tas­ma­nia to snatch a dra­matic vic­tory on day four of their Pura Cup match at Bel­lerive Oval yes­ter­day.

The Tigers, led by young quick Ben Hil­fen­haus, were clos­ing in on an amaz­ing win af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a dis­as­trous first-in­nings to­tal of 94.

But they were un­able to stop the War­riors reach­ing their vic­tory tar­get with three wick­ets to spare.

Tas­ma­nia had posted a sec­ond-in­nings 477, set­ting the War­riors a tricky run chase of 180.

But de­spite a five-wicket haul from Hil­fen­haus, the home side couldn’t stop the War­riors.

Aus­tralian one-day rep­re­sen­ta­tive Brad Hogg (41 not out) peeled off the win­ning runs for the War­riors with a bound­ary through mid-off, tak­ing the side to 7-181 and claim­ing six points.

The win — WA’s first out­right vic­tory of the sea­son — gives the War­riors 12 points on the lad­der, equal third with Vic­to­ria and New South Wales and six points away from pace­set­ters Queens­land.

Tas­ma­nia re­main on 14 points.

Tigers coach Tim Coyle said his side paid dearly af­ter be­ing bun­dled out for 94 in the first dig.

‘‘At the end of the day it’s about day one and our bat­ting on day one was ob­vi­ously not good enough,’’ Coyle said.

‘‘Re­al­is­ti­cally we didn’t prob­a­bly de­serve to get that close (to a win) go­ing on how we played on day one and some of our bowl­ing and field­ing.’’

Hil­fen­haus proved a hand­ful for the War­riors, tak­ing three wick­ets in the morn­ing ses­sion to leave the vis­i­tors 4-57 at lunch.

He claimed an­other two wick­ets af­ter lunch, be­com­ing the lead­ing wicket-taker of the Pura Cup sea­son with 29 vic­tims.

His r e t u r n o f e i g h t wick­ets (3-115 and 5-84) was bet­tered only by man-ofthe-match Ben Ed­mond­son, who took his first 10-wicket haul with 6-28 and 4-169.

WA cap­tain Mar­cus North ad­mit­ted it was a tough run chase for the win­ners.

‘‘Those medium tar­gets, 170, 180 al­ways seem to be tough to get,’’ he said. ‘‘It was a bit of a game of chess all the way to the end.’’

D e b u t a n t L u k e Pomers­bach (63) top-scored in WA’s sec­ond in­nings, bring­ing up his sec­ond half­cen­tury off 64 balls af­ter his 74 in the first in­nings.

He was caught be­hind off Hil­fen­haus in the 39th over, leav­ing the vis­i­tors need­ing just 32 more runs to win.

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