Western Australia have shot out of the gates early in the JLT Cup with consecutive wins in their opening two games, Tasmania on the other hand have had a bumpy start to the tournament with two straight losses.
It may be the home ground advantage or just their general approach to this years tournament, whatever it is the Warriors are making their presence felt early in the JLT Cup. A big part of that reason is Shaun Marsh who has accumulated to brilliant performances with the bat for Western Australia in both outings, an unbeaten-132 against the Blues followed by a steady-88 against the Bushrangers just recently. Both knocks have been extremely vital for his side, especially given the fact that one of their most consistent scorers in the team Michael Klinger hasn’t had the most memorable start to his JLT Cup campaign. A third-consecutive win for Western Australia could set them up superbly heading into the second half of the tournament away from Perth, you’d think that a bottom-placed Tasmania would be one of their easiest opponents to brush off. Notable all-rounder Ashton Turner would also like to turn his form around alongside ‘Maxy’ Klinger, he’s been vulnerable in the middle order so far scoring just the seven runs in two innings. Jonathan Wells has been a surprise performer down the order for the Warriors, he’s managed 57 & 34 not out in his two digs at no. 6, the former Tasmanian will be coming up against his old state team tomorrow. Credit to the Warriors, they’ve managed to maintain a strong bowling line-up despite the absence of some required players in India. Spearhead-Jason Behrendorff and the crafty Andrew Tye are Western Australia’s key to success in their potent bowling attack.
It’s been a fairly average start to the JLT Cup for Tasmania, disappointment is the word that comes to mind. Not only because of the outcomes, but more because they have so much potential in their side. Lets cut to the chase, they’ve failed horrendously in one particular area of the game, the bowling. Narrowing it down, they’ve failed to take a wicket inside twenty overs in both matches, that is an astonishing stat that is the major reason why they’ve been getting blown out of the water so quickly. Andrew Fekete and Jackson Bird are clearly not doing the job, both are still taking wickets but it’s all too late by the time they break through. Despite Andrew Fekete’s four-wicket haul against Victoria, at the end of the day it didn’t mean a lot because they were comprehensively defeated by 111 runs no matter how good an individual performed. Tasmania have a very strong batting set up, the only problem is they’ve had to chase down huge totals that are in excess of 300 runs. Ben McDermott has looked reasonably solid at the top of the order for the Tigers in his two games so far, but he managed to go above and beyond against the Bushrangers as he made it into the nervous-nineties and unluckily fell for 97 after a brilliant cameo innings. Ben Dunk and George Bailey have both shown flashes of brilliance, while Alex Doolan is struggling immensely to register anything on the scoreboard for Tasmania. This team is a bit all over the place at the moment, they have to many passengers and not enough drivers.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Western Australia | JLT Cup | 10th match | Perth
- Shaun Marsh
- Cameron Bancroft
- Andrew Tye
- Mitchell Marsh
- Michael Klinger
Top 5 fantasy picks | Tasmania | JLT Cup | 10th match | Perth
- George Bailey
- Ben Dunk
- Ben McDermott
- Cameron Boyce
- Andrew Fekete
Western Australia (possible) – 1. Shaun Marsh 2. Michael Klinger 3. Cameron Bancroft (wk) 4. Mitchell Marsh (c) 5. Ashton Turner 6. Jonathan Wells 7. D’Arcy Short 8. Jhye Richardson 9. Andrew Tye 10. Jason Behrendorff 11. David Moody.
Tasmania (possible) – 1. Ben Dunk (wk) 2. Ben McDermott 3. Alex Doolan 4. George Bailey (c) 5. Jordan Silk 6. Charlie Wakim/Jake Doran 7. Simon Milenko 8. Cameron Boyce 9. Jackson Bird 10. Andrew Fekete 11. Riley Meredith/Sam Rainbird.
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