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Tigers end WA's Shield hopes



Tasmania's bowlers have bowled their side to victory on the final day of their Sheffield Shield match at the WACA, defeating Western Australia by 175 runs on Tuesday.


Starting the final day at 1-11 chasing 480 for victory the home side was never in the hunt for outright points, bowled out for 304 despite half centuries for Shaun Marsh and Josh Inglis.


Sam Whiteman and Shaun Marsh resumed the fight for Western Australia on the final day, Whiteman reaching 24 before top edging Jackson Bird behind to give the Tigers their first breakthrough.


Shaun Marsh cracked six boundaries in making a half century but Tasmania continued to chip away in the opening session, the veteran left hander caught behind for 54.


All-rounders Cameron Green and Mitchell Marsh took the team to lunch without further loss, Green beginning to break loose as Western Australia tried to chase their improbable target.


Green chipped Sam Rainbird to midwicket for 40, Marsh falling in a similar fashion for 22 as the Tigers tightened their grip on the contest.


Josh Inglis counter attacked with a hard hitting 54 that included seven fours and one six while Joel Paris hung around despite his adductor injury to make 48 as WA dragged the game in to the final session.


Jarrod Freeman had Paris bowled not offering a shot as the innings reached a conclusion after the Tea interval, Matt Kelly (18) and Cameron Gannon (17) out to Jackson Bird and Sam Rainbird as WA was all out in the 81st over for 304.


Rainbird claimed 4-67 to be the pick of the bowlers while Bird snared 3-63 for the Tigers, recording their second straight win to finish the 2020-21 summer to end Western Australia's finals hopes in the process.


Beau Webster was man of the match for his first innings 135 not out and handy contributions with the ball and in the field, the Tigers dominating the match from the second day onwards.


The teams will resume hostilities in 50 over cricket on Thursday for the Marsh Cup clash at the WACA, Western Australia looking to qualify for the final to defend their title.