Warriors limp past winless Redbacks
Western Australia rounded up South Australia for a measly 97 then survived a committed Redbacks effort in the field to win their Twenty20 clash by five wickets at the Adelaide Oval.
In blameless conditions, SA were never in any sort of shape to post a competitive total, only captain Nathan Adcock (28) showing much application.
Ben Edmondson claimed the final two wickets in successive balls for the fine figures of 4-14, while Brett Dorey (2-17) also bowled well at the start.
From the moment a fired up Shaun Tait (2-21) neatly plucked out Luke Ronchi's middle stump for a second-ball duck the Warriors' pursuit was a struggle, but skipper Adam Voges (36no) saw them home with 21 balls to spare.
Voges had sent SA in, mindful that senior batsman Matthew Elliott had been rested after the Redbacks dropped out of final contention by not winning any of their first three matches.
The frailty of what remained was quickly on display, as Cameron Borgas, Mark Cosgrove and Daniel Christian all perished to shots that would have failed to impress SA's batting coach Kim Harris.
Callum Ferguson was then artfully deceived by an Aaron Heal delivery that turned expansively, and at 4-30 the innings was crippled.
Adcock tried to right the ship, but even he did not reach 30, and the remainder crumbled dishearteningly.
Tait and Ryan Harris (2-18) delivered exemplary new ball spells for SA to have the visitors in considerable trouble themselves, and Daniel Cullen's tantalising off break to have David Bandy stumped reduced them to 5-46.
However, Voges responded with quality and composure to guide his side to 5-98, leaving the Redbacks winless.