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Up to WA to push for win: Berry

By Roger Vaughan 21/11/2003 08:12:01 PM Comments (0)

Victorian cricket captain Darren Berry strongly defended his team's strategy as the Pura Cup match against Western Australia appeared headed for a draw.

WA was 0-100 in its second innings at stumps, an overall lead of 18 runs, after the Bushrangers' post-tea declaration of 9-355.

Warriors coach Wayne Clark said the game "just may peter out into a very, very tame draw", but Berry contended that was entirely up to WA.

"We lost four or five wickets more than what we wanted to, which made it look poor," Berry said.

"Now it looks bad and I can understand that and I'm prepared to cop that, but for me I still think the game is very much alive.

"They've said all along they want to play for six (points), we want to play for six and we were going to go with dominating the game because I felt we deserved that right after bowling them out (for 273) and being 2-200.

"The facts are we stuffed up with the bat, which then swung it around ... 6-80 dropped us in the poo."

Berry pointed to WA's first-innings collapse on day one, when it lost 7-58 to be all out for 273, and his side's 6-83 in 15 overs before tea as signs this was a result wicket.

He contended WA could bat for 50 or 60 overs, with a minimum of 112, and then set Victoria a target.

Victoria resumed at 1-78 after Thursday's long rain delay, with an extra hour's play and on Saturday as compensation for the time lost.

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