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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Ruthven

The key behind WA's domestic cricket dynasty

West Australian Bowler Andrew Tye says Western Australia plans to make the most of their era of dominance after securing their third consecutive Marsh Cup title on Sunday. 

New South Wales were restricted to 169 runs after losing their final wicket in the 42nd over. WA quickly chased down this total within 34 overs to win by five wickets and secure their seventh overall title in three seasons. 

Player of the Match Hilton Cartwright was exceptional with the bat, knocking 73* off 80 balls, while Joel Paris was WA’s best bowler, taking 4/21.

Speaking to Sports Breakfast, Tye says he is “thrilled” to have created the threepeat. 

“It's awesome. We've had this special group together now for a period of years and it's nice to have a bit of a hallmark or figure or a bit of a legacy in Australian domestic cricket that this team has built,” he said. 

“The boys are really thrilled with just how well we're going as a group and I think we had seven debutants in the Marsh One Day Cup this year and used over 20 players. 

“As much as it is very nice to have the win, having the depth and the growth of this group is exceptional and we're thrilled that we're still able to win it and create the threepeat.”

Western Australia has been formidable in all three formats of cricket for several years - some calling it a dynasty. Another Sheffield Shield title is possibly on the cards for Western Australia, should results fall their way during next week’s final round.  

Tye believes WA’s dynasty and success over the past decade revolves around squad depth and a core group of players. 

“The core group that we've had together has been together for so long and then… we're in the blessed position that a couple of us are no longer required or looked at for red-ball cricket,” he said.

“The advantage we have over a few other states is that every one-day game you've got myself and Dorff, who are a hundred per cent fresh and ready and ready to go. Whereas most teams in the last couple of years are coming off shield games, they might have one fresh bowler.

“Bowlers will have shield games into them and stuff like that, whereas we're in that very blessed position that we've got a number of guys that can come in, provide an impact in the white ball space and keep guys fresher for Shield cricket and keep us fresh for one day cricket.” 

In 2018, Adam Voges took the reins as WA head coach and has four Marsh Cup titles, two Sheffield Shield and two BBL titles with the Scorchers. 

Tye says as a coach, Voges has carried on from where he left off as captain in 2017. 

“We were on the path to success while he was still playing and then he's just come in and carried on and taken the momentum that we had building and run with it,” he said.  

“He's done a fantastic job and the legacy he's building as a coach for himself is pretty good.”



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