Warriors march to 24 run Big Bash victory
The Retravision Warriors held off the Victorian Bushrangers to record a 24 run victory in front of a full house at the WACA in an highly entertaining KFC Big Bash battle.
The victory gave the Warriors back to back wins while the Bushrangers, who lost last years Big Bash final are in danger or not qualifying for this years event after losing their second game on the trot.
The Bushrangers were set a total of 153 to chase for victory but the visitors came up just short on a slow WACA wicket.
Their chase got of to a poor start as Matthew Wade was bowled by Brad Knowles for just 6 runs in the second over. Wade's opening partner Brad Hodge continued his poor form managing to only score 12 runs before be was caught by Luke Pomersbach to leave the Vics 24-2 and in trouble after 5 overs.
The Bushrangers relied on the experience of Cameron White and David Hussey to get their run chase back on track. The pair enjoyed a partnership of 46 and just when the crowd had started to sense danger for the Warriors Aaron Heal struck to remove White for 31.
That wicket proved to be the breakthrough for the home side, Hussey soon followed and when Dwayne Bravo failed with the bat the Warriors could sense victory.
Andrew McDonald remained at the crease for the Bushrangers but his 32 wasn't enough to save the Vics from defeat.
Earlier, Adam Voges won the toss for the Warriors and he decided to bat first looking to repeat the success they had against the SpeedBlitz Blues last week.
Adam Voges won the toss for the Warriors and he decided to bat first looking to report the success they had against the SpeedBlitz Blues last week.
The decision looked to pay off as Shaun Marsh and Wes Robinson got off to the perfect start for the Warriors as the pair enjoyed an opening partnership of 57.
The openers survived a number of close run outs before their luck ran out when Robinson missed judge the speed of a John Hasting deliver and spooned an easy catch in the air to wicketkeeper Matthew Wade for 34.
The Warriors were two down in the next over as Marsh was caught by James Pattinson off the bowling of Jon Holland to leave the home side 59-2.
The two quick wickets lifted the Bushrangers spirits and their bowlers started to starve the Warriors of runs as the tables were turned in favor of the visitors.
Voges found the going tough and he departed for just 8 leaving Lukc Ronchi and Luke Pomersbach to slowly move the Warriors score upwards. The pair carved out a partnership of 36 before Ronchi was bowled by Dirk Nannes.
Pomersbach soon followed Ronchi back to the Pavilion to give Nannes his second wicket of the evening. It was left to Theo Doropoulos and Ashley Noffke to face the last 2 overs to help the Warriors creep past 150.