After a long, tense and dramatic day of cricket Tasmania defeated Western Australia by 5 wickets with 7 balls to spare. Fittingly it was Beau Webster who was there at the end on 29 not out, fittingly as well was the fact the Tasmanian and Australian captain Tim Paine hit the winning runs, Paine made a typically calculated 48 not out (off 55 balls). Combined with Webster’s ball striking the pair combined to seal a memorable come from behind victory for the Tigers.
Tasmania was set a target of 234 to win off 61 overs after it bowled WA for 253 at the end of an extended morning session. Western Australia resumed on 6/161 on the final day holding a lead of 142. Tasmania took the first three wickets of the day for 28 runs before Joel Paris and Simon Mackin put on 64 runs for the 10th wicket off 26 overs. The partnership meant that Tasmania faced more scoreboard pressure in the final two sessions than it would have liked.
Joel Paris was last man out for WA for a fine 93. Nathan Ellis took 6 for 86 off 26.5 overs, combined with three wickets in the first innings it was an excellent debut game for the blond fast bowler.
Tasmania’s run chase had its nervous moments. Jordan Silk was out in the first over caught behind for a duck, Charlie Wakim was out for 6 early on LBW to Paris, Alex Doolan in his 100th shield game played well for 20 before edging David Moody to Shaun Marsh at second slip.
Jake Doran (63) and Ben McDermott (54) put on 75 for the 4th wicket to keep the run chase under control.
When Doran was out caught in the gully McDermott and Paine kept the run rate ticking over.
Tasmanian hearts were in mouths as the run rate required reached eight an over but there was no panic. Webster and Paine made sure the game was over well before the final over.
The Tigers next home game is against New South Wales starting on Friday next week.