Apr 20

Warriors continue winning way for WA cricket in Sheffield Shield win

West Australian cricket’s winning culture has continued into the Sheffield Shield arena.

The Warriors closed out a seven-wicket victory over Tasmania on Monday, with captain Adam Voges and new signing Michael Klinger seeing the home side to victory early on day 4 at the WACA Ground.

Voges, who was dropped before scoring, followed his first innings score of 79 with an unbeaten 27, while Klinger put the disappointment of an early run out in his first bat for WA (for just three) with a solid 56 not out.

WA claimed the win with a fourth-innings score of just 3-105. But there would have been nervous times when they slumped to 3-11, with Cameron Bancroft, night watchman Jason Behrendorff and Marcus Harris back in the shed.

The result could have been very different had Evan Gulbis held on to the chance Voges gave him at second slip off the bowling of Andrew Fekete in the 11th over when the score was just 20.

Coach Justin Langer said small targets can never be taken for granted. “One of the things I said to the boys this morning was we have to bat like we’re chasing 350 – never take anything for granted,” he said.

“We keep seeing that in the game of cricket. Things can change quickly.

“I also said during the season that the way we’ve been playing the last couple of years, we’re going to have a lot of heart-stopping finishes. So today’s a chance to not have one of those.

“But we lost a couple of early wickets, but it was nice the two old pros got the job done in the end.”

WA sits on top of the Shield table and already has the Matador (One-day) trophy in the cabinet, as well as the KFC T20 BigBash title.

The WA bowlers should still be relatively fresh ahead of their round 2 (day-night) clash against Queensland at the WACA Ground, starting on Saturday.

Voges had the benefit of rotating four quick bowlers – Behrendorf (three wickets), Nathan Coulter-Nile (four), Nathan Rimmington (seven) and Michael Hogan (three).

Plus Ashton Agar also chimed in with 29.5 overs and three wickets. “We went in without our traditional line-up. The boys did really well,” Langer said. “Hopefully that will help the guys going forward. They didn’t have to bowl as many overs as maybe they would have if there was only three (pace) bowlers.”

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