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Warriors upset Victoria at the MCG

Roar Guru
23rd October, 2010
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Western Australia have climbed off the bottom of the one-day cup table with an upset seven-wicket win over Victoria at the MCG on Saturday night.

Liam Davis made 108, sharing a 176-run partnership for the third wicket with captain Marcus North who hit an unbeaten 94.

The Warriors hit 3-239 as the visitors won with nine balls to spare.

Second-placed Victoria had relied on a late flurry to reach a total of 8-236 including Matthew Wade’s 101 not out.

But Victoria’s star-studded pace attack held no fears for the Warriors, as Davis reached his second one-day hundred in the 39th over.

The 26-year-old right-hander hit nine fours and three sixes in his 125-ball knock.

Test No.6 North warmed up for the Ashes opener in Brisbane on November 25 with a fine innings including seven fours and one six from 97 deliveries, although he was dropped on 70 and 92.

Western Australia’s five-point haul lifts them above Queensland (one point) while the Bushrangers remain on nine points.

Shane Harwood was Victoria’s leading wicket-taker with 2-51 while Ashes hopeful Peter Siddle bowled without luck, taking 1-52 from 11 overs.

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Wicketkeeper/batsman Wade helped Victoria take 46 from the last five overs of their innings as the 22-year-old clubbed 11 fours and two sixes from 81 balls faced.

Warriors paceman Michael Hogan claimed his first five-wicket haul, finishing with 5-44 from 12 overs.

Wade reached his maiden century by pulling Hogan for six in the 45th and final over.

Victoria began the second stage of their innings badly as Hogan removed Aaron Finch (33) and Andrew McDonald (0) in the 22nd over.

Hogan struck again in the 36th over with the prize scalp of Victoria skipper David Hussey caught at mid-on for 51.

Michael Hill (12) fell to teenager Mitch Marsh before Hogan dismissed Will Sheridan (0) and Siddle (6).

Bushrangers veteran Brad Hodge, who had scored unbeaten centuries in his first two one-day games this season, pushed a single from the first ball he faced on Saturday to become the first player in Australian one-day domestic history to reach 5,000 runs.

In a memorable first wicket for 18-year-old debutant quick Matt Dixon, Hodge was caught at third man for 12.

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North said it was a great team effort by the Warriors and he paid special tribute to Davis, who has scored 257 runs at 128.50 in three one-day cup games this season including two centuries.

“Liam has been in fantastic form. He really led the innings today and it was nice to kind of jump on the back and get a bit of a partnership with him,” North said.

North said Hogan was the team’s senior bowler in just his 11th match.

“He really stood up today,” North added.

“We’ve got a very young group. It’s going to give the guys a lot of confidence.”

Hussey said the North-Davis partnership had cost Victoria the game.

“It was really good to watch, sadly from our point of view,” Hussey said of the 176-run stand.

“I was a bit disappointed with our bowlers today but what a great effort by Matthew Wade, a star of the future.”

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