Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Marsh, Green script Western Australia win

Western Australia 243 & 3 for 195 (Marsh 98, Cartwright 84*, Webster 1-15) beat Tasmania 226 & 208 (Silk 56, Wade 50, Green 3-12) by seven wickets

Shaun Marsh has gone a long way to shore up his Test spot with a scintillating 98 to help Western Australia romp to a seven wicket win over Tasmania at the WACA.

The Warriors were in early trouble chasing a tricky fourth innings target of 192. Gabe Bell and Jackson Bird removed both openers Jonathan Wells and Josh Philippe respectively to leave the home side 2 for 5. But Marsh and Hilton Cartwright made light work of the chase from there.

After plundering 17 boundaries in his first innings 80, Marsh following up with 19 fours in a 92-ball 98. He and Cartwright put on 170 in just 33.1 overs before Marsh was trapped lbw by Beau Webster with just 17 runs to win. But his two fluent half-centuries on a surface where the bowlers held sway for the majority of the three days saw him named Player of the Match.

Cartwright's unbeaten 84 from 126 balls was shaded by Marsh but was no less valuable as WA responded to the round one innings defeat to Victoria in fine fashion.

Earlier, Cameron Green took 3 for 12 to finish with career-best match figures of 9 for 42. Tasmania were looking to set a significant fourth innings target with Jordan Silk and Jake Doran laying a strong platform courtesy of a 73-run stand. But both men chopped on to Marcus Stoinis and Jhye Richardson in consecutive overs and the innings never recovered.

Matthew Wade made his fourth consecutive half-century of the season but ran out of partners for the fourth straight innings as Green, Matt Kelly and David Moody ran swiftly through the Tigers' tail.

Marsh and Cartwright then rattled to victory in the chase to win with seven wickets and a day to spare.

West Aust 4th innings Partnerships

5JW WellsJR Philippe
0HWR CartwrightJR Philippe
170SE MarshHWR Cartwright
20AJ TurnerHWR Cartwright