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Bushrangers win a thriller

The Victorian Bushrangers defeated the Retravision Warriors by two runs in its inaugural KFC Twenty20 match in front of 15,000 fans at the WACA.

Sent into bat in front of more than 15,000 fans, Victoria defeated the Warriors by two runs in its inaugural KFC Twenty20 match at the WACA Ground.

Liam Buchanan (47) and man of the match Cameron White (45) topscored after an early clutter of wickets.

The Vics hit 13 4s and six 6s in a fine start on an excellent batting wicket, finishing with 9-163 c.c.

Opener Jon Moss was caught in the first over for just 1.

Debutant Rob Quiney lofted a 6 from the bowling of Ben Edmondson before Adam Crosthwaite (1), promoted to No.3 was run out by an Edmondson direct hit next ball. Quiney also fell for 7, to Edmondson, reducing the Vics to 3-20. Edmondson's early figures were 3-1-8-2.

Victorian captain Cameron White struck three 4s in a row from the bowling of new Australian one-day squad member Brett Dorey, 15 runs coming from the young giant's third over.

At the halfway mark of the innings, the Vics were 3-62, with White 27 not out. He was being well supported by Liam Buchanan, in at No.5.

After White succumbed for 45, David Hussey came in and made 16 from just eight balls as the run rate increased to around seven an over. Hussey was out when Shaun Marsh took a fine catch near the boundary rope but as he was falling over the rope he flicked the ball to Dorey, who was attributed with the dismissal.

Michael Klinger, batting down the list, continued the onslaught hitting 4, 6, 4 and 6 in four deliveries from Peter Worthington before holing out late in the penultimate over.

Buchanan, with 47 from 39 balls, topscored as the Vics set a target of eight an over.

The Warriors lost two quick wickets to Mick Lewis as the Vics started brilliantly in the second half of the match. He had Ryan Campbell caught behind for 1 and three balls later bowled Luke Ronchi for 8.

At the other end first-year speedster Peter Siddle shared the new ball but came under strong fire from recalled Australian batsman Damien Martyn who dashed to 36 from 19 balls before being bowled by Shane Harwood.

Having conceded seven runs from his first over, Harwood's second over went for just two as the Vics regained match favoritism.

Siddle's third over had cost 16 giving him none for 30 from three overs.

Adam Voges, WA's in-form one-day batsman, made 50 from 41 balls before being run out.

With four overs left, the Warriors needed more than 10 an over. Brad Hogg lifted White for two 6s in an over to maintain his team's hopes.

Cool under peak pressure, Moss' first three overs cost just 17 as he maintained his excellent record at the WACA Ground.

Twenty were needed from the final two. Thirteen came from Moss' fourth and final over as big Dorey showed his prowess with the bat, as well as the ball.

Harwood was given the 20th over of the game with WA needing just two boundary hits for victory. After Hogg (25) was bowled by Harwood's first ball, there was a gripping climax, WA, needing four from the last ball, the left-handed Edmondson driving to long-off for a single, conceding Victoria victory by just two runs.

source - bushrangers.com.au
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