Cricket: Victoria v Western Australia: Bushrangers cruise home


Victorian Aaron Finch at the MCG (photo mine)

Overcast skies threatened throughout the whole day, but the rain never eventuated.  Jayde Herrick grabbed five wickets for the Victorian Bushrangers while Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell saw Victoria home by nine wickets against Western Australia Warriors at the MCG.  The game, however, did see Clint McKay go off the ground injured.

The  Warriors looked shaky from the start, opening bowler Clint McKay collecting Warrior opener Liam Davis twice on the hand in the first over.  Darren Pattinson followed suit with a fiery spell, and Western Australia fell to be 3-64, with Davis, Tom Triffit and Sam Whiteman back in the shed.

Andrew McDonald was introduced with almost immediate effect, and the run rate slowed right down and began to dry up.  Then came Herrick.  With the Warriors Mitchell Marsh being the rock at one end, Herrick produced the demolition job of 5-51, including the key wicket of Marsh.  From there, the Warriors went downhill to collapse all out 181.  John Hastings (3-37) also proved very handy in grabbing wickets, and ultimately tight bowling put the Warriors on the back, late lusty hitting proving no good against a strong Victorian attack.

The biggest worry for the Bushrangers will be McKay, who pulled up short during his follow through on the final ball of his seventh over.  He will have scans tomorrow to determine the extent of the injury sustained.

The Victorian run chase started carefully, as Chris Rogers and Aaron Finch found their feet against a somewhat wayward West Australian bowling attack.  Mitchell Johnson had rotten luck when LBW decisions given against Finch, and Glen Maxwell later in the innings, were overturned by the third umpire after a review of the footage.

Mitchell Johnson in action at the MCG

(photos mine)

Said Johnson on Fox Sports after the match; “I didn’t know the third umpire could call back the players.  I wasn’t happy about it for sure but that’s just the way it is.”

Maxwell and Finch made good on their reprieves and proceeded to smash 58 and 80 respectively.  One of Maxwell’s three sixes flew well over the long-boundary for a 97 metre hit.  The match was finished by the 34th over, and the Bushrangers picked up a bonus point and now sit outright at the top of the one day table.

It was the 55 run stand between Marsh (51) and Adam Voges (18) that gave Western Australia hope of posting a good score.  That hope was however snuffed by Herrick and Hastings, as line and length bowling proved too much.

With the Victorians missing Matthew Wade, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson and Rob Quiney to Australian duties, the Bushrangers were able to give Western Australia a real showing of just how powerful the side is.  The match was played in coolish conditions, but the rain did not fall.  And despite some dubious umpiring decisions, the majority of the game was played in good spirits.  The crowd got into it too.

The loss continues a torture period for Western Australia, amid investigations into a party culture, and coach Lachlan Stevens’s resignation.

Find the scorecard here: http://livescores.cricket.com.au/scoreboard_2793_8.html

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