A James Pattinson-inspired Victoria (VIC) stretched their lead at the top of the Sheffield Shield table by beating Western Australia (WA) by eight wickets at Alice Springs.
VIC won the toss and decided to field first – a decision which their bowlers backed up by removing three of WA’s top four batsmen for ducks. Ashley Turner (59) and D’Arcy Short (42) were the only men to offer any resistance for WA – who were bowled out for 146.
Fawad Ahmed took 3-14, while Chris Tremain and Jon Holland both took two wickets apiece as the WA batsmen were blown away.
In response VIC made 322 – mainly thanks to Tremain’s century (111) and Pattinson’s half-century (57), though Marcus Stoinis also chipped in with 46.
For WA, David Moody was in-form with the ball to take 5-95, while Jason Behrendorff took three wickets and Short picked up two.
With a first innings deficit of 176 WA were up against it – and Hilton Cartwright showed he was up for the fight – he battled his way to 101 as WA were bowled out for 258. Veteran Michael Klinger also played well for a dogged 55.
Pattinson was the man who turned the game for VIC – as WA coasted along he struck dramatically – and ended up with figures of 5-58, while Ahmed and Christian picked up two wickets apiece as well.
Needing just 82 runs to win and secure their place in the Sheffield Shield finals VIC cruised home to win by eight wickets. Marcus Harris played well to score 43, though it was Stoinis, who finished on 25 not out, and Aaron Finch (4*) who saw the Victorians home.
The win leaves VIC top of the Shield table, while WA’s finals chances are over as they now sit in fifth with only Tasmania below them.
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