Domestic Cricket: 2nd Semi-Final Match of the 2018 JLT One-Day Cup: Victoria v Western Australia at Junction Oval

Before Western Australia meet up Victoria in the 2nd Semi-Final, they came here to Junction Oval on one big stat.

That is an unbeaten streak via the Round Robin Matches:

  • New South Wales, Win by 4 Wickets
  • South Australia, Win by 5 Wickets
  • Victoria, Win by 6 Wickets
  • Queensland, Win by 116 Runs
  • Tasmania, Win by 5 Wickets

They were the heavy favorites to head into Wednesday’s Final v Tasmania at the same ground as today.

But Victoria’s batting put on a great show pushing into 333.

Marcus Harris batted patiently from his opening spot on 73 with his first 50 in five matches.

That came v Tasmania a few weeks ago on 69 in Townsville.

Peter Handscomb’s run-fest continues to go mighty strength to strength:

  • 80 v Western Australia, Today
  • 64 v South Australia, Tuesday, September 30
  • 57 v Western Australia, Friday, September 26
  • 89 v New South Wales, Tuesday, September 23

Nic Maddinson and Matt Short contributed heavily from the workload given by the top order.

Nice way to see Maddison find his feet back in state level after being let go by NSW.

And here with Victoria, he justified with his impressive 58.

Don’t forget the lower order can bat too where they stuck hard by keeping the faith & it did pay off.

Chris Tremain scored 25 followed by Fawad Ahmed on 16 & Andrew Fekete on 12.

It conveys how much strength this Victorian batting order can do to give Western Australia a tough ask.

2nd Innings, Western Australia need 334 to win

Josh Phillipe may have walked early through the LBW from Andrew Fekete on 28 as Josh Inglis & D’Arcy Short moved on & pushed WA past 100.

Inglis did back up his 2nd 50 in this tourney out of the last five matches:

  • 50 v South Australia, Monday, September 22

But the fast bowling trio of Jackson Coleman, Chris Tremain & Andrew Fekete gets the job done.

Coleman did deny D. Short his possible 50 on 44 before Ashton Turner’s unfortunate to suffer that direct hit from Glenn Maxwell’s sublime fielding skills on 7.

No dedicated top order couldn’t come back to try and save WA’s innings.

It’s only up to Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright & Cameron Green to stop the mighty collapse.

Unfortunately, the cheap and misjudged shots did hurt three very dearly.

Stoinis and Cartwright only made 14 & 22 respectively.

Even the four wickets from part-timer Nic Maddinson just demolished the entire lower order:

  • Bowled Cameron Green on 27
  • Bowled Nathan Coulter-Nile on 18
  • Catch from Marcus Harris to dismiss Andrew Tye on 15
  • Catch from Glenn Maxwell to send Usman Qadir back on 8

Western Australia are all out for 269 as Victoria advance into the One-Day Cup Final by 63 runs.

Conclusion

It’s a bummer to see WA’s impressive form from the round-robin matches come to an end.

A few mistakes such as the dropped catches plus the batting-dominated wicket became Victoria’s strength.

This track helped bring Victoria bat to their very best on 333.

No significant partnerships made throughout the 2nd innings except D’Arcy Short & Josh Inglis.

Even the part-time spinner finished off nicely against the guys who bat a bit in the lower order.

And credit to an all-around performance from Nic Maddinson.

Plus Peter Handscomb & Marcus Harris too.

If Handscomb does well in the Final, no doubt Australia should come calling him again soon.

Don’t forget Fawad Ahmed did survive on a cameo batting show.

Even though he had the wrong pants size, he’s glad to help Victoria head to the Final v Tasmania on Wednesday.

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Matthew Nicholas, the founder/blogger/vlogger on Sports Benches, is an aspiring cricket player & passionate sports fanatic who lives in Sydney, Australia.

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