Tasmania (TAS) slipped to their fourth Shield defeat of the season as they were defeated by a Hilton Cartwright- inspired Western Australia (WA) at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart.
WA captain Adam Voges won the toss and decided to put faith in his bowlers and field. A decision which came off for his side as they skittled TAS for just 198 as in-form Simon Mackin helped himself to 4-57 and debutant Cameron Green took an excellent 5-24.
Tasmanian skipper George Bailey was the only one who looked comfortable during TAS’s innings as he made 75* in an innings which included 14 fours – while Sam Rainbird performed admirably at number 11 – making 40 precious runs.
In response WA piled on the runs and enjoyed century partnerships for the first and second wickets. Cameron Bancroft made 84, Jonathan Wells scored 78 and Cartwright holed out on 94 to give them 410 and a big first innings lead.
Youngster Josh Inglis also impressed again with a quick-fire 55 off 48 balls, while Cameron Stevenson was the pick of the TAS bowlers as he took 3-88. Aussie star James Faulkner failed to impress with 1-59 from his 20 overs, while Cameron Boyce and the dependable Simon Milenko took two wickets each.
With a first innings deficit of 212 – TAS – led by Milenko struggled to 265. Milenko made 75 from 62 balls at number nine and captain Bailey made a battling 44, while Faulkner and Jake Dolan made 30s. Debutant Green again impressed with 2-56, but David Moody was the star as he took 4-45.
Needing just 54 to win WA were clearly in a hurry to get it wrapped up as they reached their target after just 9.3 overs as Cartwright cut loose making 27 from 17 balls – hitting two sixes and three fours on the way.
Milenko has proved to be a key figure for TAS in this year’s Shield – having taken 17 wickets and made 374 runs. While for WA Wells and Cartwright are both nearing 500 Shield runs for the season and average well over 40 – two crucial figures in Voges side.
TAS remain rooted to the bottom of the table following this loss, while WA remain in fifth though they closed the gap on the teams above them to just three points.