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Tasmania beats WA in Pura Cup thriller

25/10/2006 09:00:23 PM Comments (0)

Tasmania has held its nerve to claim a nail-biting six-run win over Western Australia in their Pura Cup clash at the WACA Ground.

It was Tasmania's second successive outright win in Perth, but the match could have gone either way and was decided with just three balls left, with the Tigers winning by six runs.

WA tailender Ben Edmondson was run out for a duck by a direct hit from Michael DiVenuto as he scampered back for a second run that would have enabled centurion Adam Voges to retain the strike.

It was a dramatic end to a see-sawing final session and the Tigers will feel justice was served, as they had a very confident lbw appeal against Edmondson turned down the previous over.

Set 401 to win in a maximum of 81 overs, WA had looked to be cruising towards victory when they needed 36 off six overs with four wickets remaining.

However, Tasmanian fast bowling duo Ben Hilfenhaus (5-79) and Brett Geeves bowled very well in the dying overs and the Warriors lost their cool.

Hilfenhaus was particularly impressive as he claimed crucial wickets.

Voges, who was unbeaten on 152, seemed set to be the hero, but the Warriors stumbled when Aaron Heal was dismissed for 14 to leave them 7-366.

The Tigers conceded just six runs in three overs and claimed two wickets, with Brett Dorey trapping lbw by Geeves for a duck, to gain the upper hand.

Steve Magoffin (six) and Edmondson tried to support Voges, with WA left needing 10 to win off the last over.

After the first ball didn't produce a run, with nine Tigers fieldsmen on the boundary, Voges picked off two from the second ball and it took a great diving save to deny him a boundary.

He pushed the third ball to mid-on and DiVenuto charged in off the fence, his accurate throw finding Edmondson well short to spark jubilant scenes among the Tigers.

In an impressive start to the season, they now have maximum points from two away games, with outright victories over Queensland and WA. Tasmania declared their second innings closed at 7-200 early, setting up the run chase.

At 3-43 early, WA looked in deep trouble, but North (107) and Voges led the fightback.

North scored a double century against Victoria last week and his dismissal, just moments before tea, proved to be pivotal.

He looked in complete command and he and Voges had put on 174 when he got the rankest of rank long-hops from Michael Bevan, only to top edge it to Geeves on the deep square leg boundary.

Earlier Heal became just the third WA spinner to claim 10 wickets in a match at the WACA Ground, when he picked up 5-57 in the Tasmanian second innings.

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