After a false start due to the COVID situation in Tasmania causing proceedings to be pushed back by an hour, all Tigers players on the ground in Perth were cleared to play by WA police, and hence, available for selection.
Despite losing the toss and being sent into the field, the decision seemed to work well for Jordan Silk’s men. With Sam Rainbird and Riley Meredith opening the bowling for the tourists, Rainbird snared the wicket of the dangerous Josh Philippe for a duck in the third over of the match, before Meredith followed suit, dismissing remaining opener, Sam Whiteman, for three in the subsequent over. When Cam Green was walking back to the sheds having been dismissed for just five runs two overs later, the Tigers were in a commanding position, having the hosts at 3-16. Incredibly, the first three dismissals were all adjudged to be out leg before wicket.
The story didn’t improve for WA immediately, as they slumped to 7-81 after just 26 overs. Combining with Andrew Tye, WA captain Ashton Turner, looked to turn things around. The pair piled on 59 runs between them, before Tye was dismissed for a quickfire 44 runs off just 31 balls. The ever-patient Turner continued to plug away however, reaching an even 100 runs off 121 balls (incredibly; his second 50 runs came off just 28 balls). Turner’s dismissal acted as a signal for the WA innings to wrap up, with the Tigers bowling them out for 218 runs in 47.1 overs shortly after.
Peter Siddle (3-31 off 8.1 overs) and Meredith (3-41 off 10) were the best with the ball for the Tigers.
It was the pairing of Ben McDermott and Caleb Jewell who returned to opening the innings for the Tigers in the one-day format, and the pair got off to a solid start before Jason Behrendorff got the better of Jewell, bowling him for nine. Mac Wright’s wicket unfortunately fell for a duck, but when Silk joined McDermott at the crease, the pair really seemed to settle in. Together they piled on 78 runs in 12 overs, before a case of poor shot selection saw a beautifully put together innings from McDermott come to an end too soon on 57.
Soon after Silk was joined at the crease by Beau Webster, where the pair formed a new partnership, quickly piling on 80 runs between them, and looked like they would carry the Tigers to the finish. However, Webster unfortunately holed out to mid on, and a promising knock came to an end on 39.
In the end it was Tom Andrews who was at the crease with Silk and hit the winning runs, securing the win for Tasmania six wickets down and with 37 deliveries to spare.
Tye was excellent for the home team with the ball, finishing with figures of 4-39 off his 10 overs, to add to his 44 runs with the bat made earlier in the day.
However, for guiding his team to victory it was Silk who was awarded Player of the Match, after finishing on 90 not out from 99 deliveries, in an innings that included 10 boundaries, including one six.
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