Fri, 18 Oct 2019

Western Australia 8 for 386 (Stoinis 101*, Bancroft 78, Philippe 61, Turner 52) beat Victoria 261 (Maddinson 87, Maxwell 51, Agar 3-54) by 125 runs

Marcus Stoinis hammered a 58-ball century as Western Australia - with nine internationals in their side - launched their Marsh One-Day Cup campaign in emphatic style with a 125-run victory over defending champions Victoria.

Stoinis, who had a poor World Cup, reached his hundred with his seventh six off the last ball of the innings to end a brutal late surge which brought 102 runs from the last five overs of the innings to lift Western Australia to a monstrous 8 for 386.

Victoria briefly looked as though they could threaten as Glenn Maxwell hit a 30-ball half-century but in the end fell well short despite Nic Maddinson's forceful 87.

There had been impressive contributions throughout Western Australia's innings which was launched by Josh Philippe's 61 off 43 balls and was supplement by Ashton Turner's 45-ball half-century and Cameron Bancroft's compact 78.

However, it was Stoinis who stole the show as he moved from 52 to 101 in 13 balls. He struck four sixes in five balls in the 48th over from Scott Boland that went for 28 runs and when Ashton Agar stuck two himself off Jon Holland six out of eight deliveries had gone for six.

Stoinis was on 91 when he got the strike back for the penultimate ball of the innings which he upper cut to third man then, after Will Sutherland delivered two wides, he launched the last ball over long-on. In turn, that brought up Sutherland's hundred.

It was a perfectly constructed innings from Western Australia after they had been given the early impetus from the Philippe who could possibly come into the reckoning for Australia honours this season. He reached fifty from 32 balls before pulling Boland into his stumps then after Shaun Marsh was run out coming back for a second - a borderline decision - Bancroft and Turner formed a fourth-wicket stand of 96 in 14 overs.

Turner, returning from shoulder surgery, brought urgency to the partnership before picking out midwicket then Bancroft opened his shoulders with consecutive sixes off Maddinson. When Bancroft fell it was 5 for 254 after 41 overs before Stoinis took over.

Aaron Finch briefly took up where Stoinis left off as he reached to 33 off 15 balls which included taking Jhye Richardson's first over in professional cricket since late March for 17. However, Richardson struck back when Finch miscued a short ball to mid-on in what became an interesting evening for the quick.

In an occasionally heated contest with Maxwell, he saw the batsman dropped and was then taken for three leg-side sixes which led to a few words. After two spells, Richardson had figures of 5-0-64-1.

Maxwell and Maddinson added 94 in 11 overs before Maxwell picked out long-on against Agar. Maddinson missed out on the chance for a hundred when he sliced to backward point.

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