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Langer revives WA final hopes

By Tim Clarke 14/02/2003 10:19:23 PM Comments (0)

An injury to West Australian skipper Justin Langer has proved to be a blessing in disguise as his side posted a challenging 5-270 against Victoria in their bid to reach the ING Cup final.

Langer was forced off the field after the first over of the day-night match after being struck a bruising blow from the second ball of the day from Shane Harwood.

His replacement at the crease Chris Rogers grasped his elevation with both hands, compiling his highest one-day score of 67 and laying the foundation for impressive total.

WA, which has tinkered with opening partnerships and batting line-ups all season, then saw original opener Langer return at No.3 to compile a courageous 69, before Murray Goodwin took centre stage with a brutal 36-ball 50.

WA's day had got off to the worst possible start when Harwood had Langer turning away in agony after the Test opener was surprised by a rising delivery.

Although he drove three off the next ball, the end of the over saw him retire to be replaced by Rogers.

Ryan Campbell quickly set about inflicting some punishment of his own on Harwood, flat batting a six to midwicket that missed the sponsor's sign - and a possible $50,000 bonus - by two metres.

Runs continued to flow from the pair, with their 50 partnership coming from just 66 balls. But with the score on 90, a typical rush of blood from Campbell saw him charge and swing at a short pitched Robert Cassell ball which he top edged to the keeper.

Langer returned to the crease just in time to see Rogers bring up his 50 and then receive a life. An attempted pull looped up to midwicket, and despite a sprint and full length dive from Brendan Joseland the catch bounced out of his into the grass.

Seventeen runs later, Andrew McDonald returned to remove Rogers, Berry again claiming the catch standing up to the medium pacer.

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