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NSW to host WA in Marsh Cup final after Vics waste opening batter's monster innings and Tasmania go out meekly

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14th February, 2024

NSW will host WA in the one-day final after a stunning seven-wicket win over competition pacesetters Victoria.

Despite 196 from opener Tom Rogers – the sixth-highest score in domestic one-day history – Victoria’s 311 was not enough on Wednesday at the small North Sydney Oval.

After a half-hour rain delay late in the home side’s innings, they cruised to 3-256 off 40.5 overs, meaning NSW won with seven balls to spare on their revised target.

While Rogers was the obvious man of the match, NSW opener Daniel Hughes paced their innings with his 119, while captain Moises Henriques made 73no.

Victoria went into Wednesday’s last round of games on top of the Marsh Cup ladder with only one loss.

But the outstanding NSW win, coupled with WA beating Tasmania in Hobart, knocked the Victorians out of the February 25 final.

It will be played in Sydney, with the SCG reportedly unavailable and a venue yet to be confirmed.


The loss took the gloss off Rogers’ outstanding innings, which surpassed Aaron Finch’s 188no as the highest one-day domestic knock by a Victorian.

Rogers took full toll of the short North Sydney boundaries to hammer 15 fours and 15 sixes.

That’s the second-most sixes in a domestic one-day game, behind D’Arcy Short’s 23.

While Rogers ran amuck, he was the only Victorian batsman to savage the NSW bowlers and that proved crucial.

Apart from Peter Handscomb’s 52, no other Victorian scored more than 20.


Ben Dwarshuis and Will Salzmann were on hat-tricks and Dwarshuis finished with 4-40 from nine overs.

NSW lost an early wicket when opener Jack Edwards fell for six, but Blake McDonald (42) settled in with Hughes for a 110-run stand and then Henriques continued the chase.

By the time Hughes was dismissed in the 39th over, the match was effectively over.

It was Hughes’s 11th List A century from only 46 games.

In Hobart, WA are into another one-day final after beating injury-depleted Tasmania with more than 13 overs to spare.

Chasing 4-320 on Wednesday in Hobart, the home side lost Mac Wright (knee) and Mitch Owens (side) after they were hurt in the field.


Tasmania’s faint hopes of reaching the final rapidly disappeared as they were bowled out for 8-268 in 36.2 overs.

NSW will now host WA in the February 25 final, with the Sydney venue yet to be determined.

WA are the two-time defending one-day champions and have played in five of the last six finals, finishing third in the other season.

Their opener D’Arcy Short top-scored with 127 from 121 balls, with 15 fours and a six.

Cameron Bancroft scored 64 in a 147-run stand for the second wicket with Short that set up WA’s formidable innings.


Sam Whiteman also contributed 49, while Hilton Cartwright (23no) and Nick Hobson (29no) scored at better than a run a ball at the end of the innings.

Billy Stanlake (2-54 from 10 overs) was the only Tasmanian bowler to take multiple wickets.

Charlie Wakim gave some respite from the WA batting onslaught when he took an outstanding one-handed catch in the deep to dismiss Whiteman.

The shot off Stanlake appeared certain to be a six, but Wakim brilliantly snared it on the boundary rope.

Wakim top-scored with 68 from 53 balls, with six fours and a six, as Tasmania’s top five batters all made starts.


Jordan Silk also made 61, but no-one in the top order could score the century Tasmania needed to overhaul WA’s imposing total.

WA debutant Bryce Jackson snared 3-67 from nine overs and Ashton Agar’s 10 overs yielded 3-57.