Warriors reach Big Bash Final with win
Luke Ronchi and Shaun Marsh have torched the NSW bowling attack to lead Western Australia to a resounding six-wicket win in their Twenty20 clash at ANZ Stadium.
Man of the match Ronchi (52 off just 26) pulverised the Blues opening pair of Doug Bollinger and Scott Coyte to set up the win with 15 balls to spare.
Chasing 160 for victory, Ronchi showed contempt in the third over of the innings for one of the domestic competition's form paceman in Bollinger, peeling 18 runs off the left-armer.
He and opening partner Shaun Marsh (67 off 49 balls) started to well and truly get inside the heads of the Blues bowlers and they picked off 29 runs from Coyte's third over.
Eight of the runs off that over came from two wild deliveries from Coyte that flew to the leg side boundary, leaving wicketkeeper Brad Haddin with no chance of stopping them.
There were 700 fans at the ground involved in speed dating and the singles had to switch partners for every wicket and boundary.
They must have almost got dizzy with Ronchi at the crease as he crunched eight fours and two sixes.
The enterprising right-hander brought up his fifty off the last ball of Coyte's expensive over by smashing the paceman over long-on for six.
The gloveman departed in the next over but by that stage WA had reached 82 in the seventh over and Marsh was starting to hit his straps.
The left-hander steadily built his innings before flourishing after bringing up his half century.
With victory just two blows away, teenage spinner Steven Smith (3-10) then claimed three scalps in an over as WA tried to improve their net run rate.
Coyte's (28no from 14 balls) late hitting earlier lifted NSW to 7-159 after smashing consecutive sixes in the final over after useful hands from teenager Steven Smith (33 from 26 balls) and veteran Simon Katich (28 from 22).