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Ashton Turner's 70 guides Western Australia home

19 Sep 2018, 04:52 GMT+10

Western Australia 206 for 6 (Turner 70*, Philippe 59, Sams 3-46) beat New South Wales 204 all out (Sams 62, Tye 3-30) by four wickets

Western Australia captain Ashton Turner guided his side home to an opening win in the domestic limited-overs tournament, after a disciplined bowling display restricted New South Wales at the WACA Ground.

The Blues, who lost their captain Peter Nevill for the entire competition due to a broken thumb on match eve, had the benefit of winning the toss, but could never get momentum going against the Warriors.

Joel Paris struck a key early blow to dismiss Ryan Gibson with the new, swinging ball, before Jhye Richardson broke a key middle-order partnership between Nick Larkin and Jack Edwards, and then followed up with a swift away swinger to dismiss the still jet-lagged Jay Lenton.

Daniel Sams then defied his inability to win a state contract by husbanding the resources of the lower order to take NSW beyond 200, despite their dismissal with plenty of their allotment remaining.

On a pitch with some assistance for the seamers, early WA wickets were likely. This was borne out by the early exits of Josh Inglis and the injury replacement Sam Whiteman at the expense of well-directed deliveries from Sams. Josh Phillipe and the sometime Test-allrounder Hilton Cartwright steadied the innings before their wickets gave the Blues a chance.

However, Turner and Ashton Agar, a curious selection for the Australian team to go to the UAE to face Pakistan, established a match-sealing partnership to make the game safe. Turner stayed at the crease to ensure the win, with Cameron Green at his side.

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