Warriors bounce back with 5 wicket win
A perfectly paced innings from veterans Adam Voges and Marcus North helped WA squeeze out a five wicket win over NSW in their Twenty20 cricket clash at Stadium Australia.
Set 149 for victory, WA achieved their target with five balls to spare after they recovered from 3-45 in the sixth over.
Voges (39 off 31) and WA captain North (45no off 37 balls) added 65, the highest partnership of the match to give the Warriors the advantage.
The Blues clawed their way back into the match when Voges was trapped lbw by Aaron Bird and Craig Simmons (4) was bowled by Nathan Bracken in successive overs.
The two quick wickets roused the hopes of the crowd of 12,290 but they gave North a reprieve on 21 when he was dropped in the gully.
NSW remained in the running until the penultimate over when North swiped a six over mid wicket off Bird with seven balls to go and then settled the contest with a boundary off the first ball of the final over from new Australian squad paceman Doug Bollinger (1-27 off 3.1).
NSW made 5-148 with Steven Smith (34 not out off 21) giving the innings some late momentum with some very effective improvised stroke play.
Two of the other baby Blues David Warner (28 off 22) and Phillip Hughes (35 off 34) built a promising platform but NSW lost momentum in mid innings. The result means both teams have now scored one win from two matches.
The three WA spinners conceded just 62 from their 10 overs, with Aaron Heal (0-22 off 4) well backed up by North (1-27 off 4) and Voges (1-13 off 2).
WA started their reply in scintillating fashion with opener Shaun Marsh (31 off 19) thrashing three fours off Bracken in just the second over.
The Warriors lost 3-18 to slip to 3-45 in the sixth over before North and Voges launched their rescue act.