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Vics take the honours on day one

By James Dampney 18/10/2005 08:50:44 PM Comments (0)

An unheralded Victorian pace attack has embarrassed a star-studded Western Australian batting line-up on the opening day of their Pura Cup cricket clash at the WACA Ground in Perth.

Bushrangers captain Cameron White won the toss and sent WA in to bat on a grassy WACA pitch, dismissing the home side for just 142 in its first innings.

Victoria then reached 4-117 in reply at stumps, with David Hussey unbeaten on 40 and White with him on 14 as the visitors moved within reach of first innings points.

The situation would have been far worse for the Warriors if not for an impressive bowling debut by former Victorian paceman Matthew Inness (3-18).

In his first match for Western Australia, Inness took his Sheffield Shield/Pura Cup wicket tally past 200 after spending the past eight seasons with the Bushrangers.

But he will need plenty of support come Wednesday to restrict the Victorian batsmen.

"It was obviously disappointing," Warriors coach Wayne Clark said.

"We didn't think it was a 6-60 wicket at lunch, so that was disappointing.

"It was a good toss to win, we were obviously going to bowl, but the game is quite open if we can pick up some quick wickets early tomorrow and put pressure on."

The first pitch produced by new WACA curator Cam Sutherland offered plenty of assistance to the Victorian bowlers early on and they took full advantage.

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