Jason Behrendorff inspired Western Australia (WA) to thrash a sorry Victoria (VIC) side by an innings and 38 runs at the WACA, as his side jumped to third in the Sheffield Shield ladder.
Victorian skipper Cameron White won the toss and made the catastrophic decision to bat first as his side were skittled for just 117 in their first innings as Behrendorff tore through them to take 9-37.
David Moody also took a wicket to deny Behrendorff all 10 – with only Aaron Finch and Dan Christian providing any resistance as they made 34 and 39 respectively.
In response to VIC’s paltry total WA made 285 mainly thanks to Jonathan Wells’ 70 at the top of the order. The opener has been in good form in this year’s Shield, and has now scored 547 runs at an average of 49.7, in this innings he was supported by Michael Klinger and Cameron Green who both made 40s.
Having only scored 117 at first attempt, and with a first innings deficit of 168 to overcome, victory always looked unlikely for VIC as Travis Dean and Marcus Harris strode out to start their second innings.
And it wasn’t to be for VIC as they were bowled out for 130 – Harris being only one of three batsmen to make double figures. Finch being the top scorer by some distance as he battled to 65*, while Seb Gotch made 13 on debut – the same number of runs as WA bowled extras in this innings.
For WA, who wrapped up this tie on the second day, again Behrendorff was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up 5-52 to give him career best figures of 14-89. Green again provided ample support – taking 3-20.
By taking 14 wickets – Behrendorff actually doubled his own tally of Shield wickets this campaign – he now has 28 scalps to his name at 14.8 each. While Green has 10 wickets in four innings at 12.3 apiece.
Despite this harrowing loss VIC held onto their top spot in the Shield, while WA move into third place ahead of round eight.
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