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Langer the difference as WA downs Vics

By Sam Lienert 31/10/2007 10:00:02 PM Comments (0)

A century to veteran opener Justin Langer and four wickets to spinner Brad Hogg proved the difference as Western Australia beat Victoria by 47 runs in their Ford Ranger Cup match at the MCG.

Langer's 105 from 106 balls was the backbone of WA's 269 all out, and the Bushrangers were never really in the hunt in reply, managing just 8-222.

It gave WA three wins from as many games in the one-day competition so far this season.

Left arm chinaman bowler Hogg took 4-37 from 10 overs, including the key wickets of Brad Hodge and David Hussey, to ensure Victoria were tied down throughout the middle and late stages of their innings.

It followed Hogg's man of the match performance in the Warriors' Pura Cup win over Victoria two days ago.

Exciting young Victorian opener Aiden Blizzard notched 44 from 45 balls to get the Bushrangers' innings off to a strong start.

He blasted seven boundaries to dominate a 68-run opening stand with Michael Klinger (26 from 51 balls) inside the first 15 overs.

But once the pair fell in the space of three overs, the Bushrangers stalled and were unable to recover.

They managed just 32 runs in the 10 overs from the 16th to the 25th, losing star batsman Hodge (13 from 27 balls), LBW to Hogg, along the way.

It left them at 3-100 at the midway point of the innings and meant the home side needed 170 from the last 25 overs.

But Hogg and fellow left-arm spinner Adam Voges kept the bowling tight and the required run-rate surged upwards.

The normally free-scoring Cameron White (34 from 55 balls) and Hussey (54 from 52 balls) struggled to break the shackles with no boundaries coming between the 17th and 32nd overs.

When White finally found the rope, lofting paceman Steve Magoffin over mid-off in the 32nd over, he followed up by hitting a catch to Voges at backward point with the next ball.

Hussey took up the fight with some hard hitting late in the innings, but it was too great a challenge, the Bushrangers needing 106 runs in the final 10 overs.

Hussey's fall, LBW to Hogg in the 47th over, sealed the win for WA.

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