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Cricket news - D'Arcy Short stars in facile Western Australia win

DÁrcy Short scored 129 for his third List A century.

A third List-A century from D'Arcy Short highlighted Western Australia's second successive victory with a bonus point as the Perth-based team thrashed Tasmania by a massive 102-run margin and moved to the top of the points table with 10 points from two games, one point more than second placed Queensland.

The star-studded Western Australia side, with as many as 10 players who have played for Australia at some stage, have made most of the home conditions at the Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) ground and have put themselves as one of the front-runners to clinch the re-modeled Marsh Cup.

Asked to bat first, the left-handed Short made the most of being reprieved on 1 as he brought up a superb 83-ball century. The opening batsman added 101 for the second wicket with Shaun Marsh (42) and was then involved in small but handy stands with the middle-order. Tasmania were briefly back in the contest thanks to Riley Meredith (4 for 42) who ripped through the middle-order of the hosts, but cameos from Cameron Bancroft (35-ball 35) and Ashton Agar ( 16-ball 22) ensured that Short's 129 didn't go in vain.

The hosts were eventually bowled out for 312 off the final ball of the innings. James Faulkner, Gurinder Sandhu and Nathan Ellis picked two wickets each, although the trio conceded more than seven runs per over.

Caleb Jewell (45) and Ben McDermott (25) started steadily in a 70-run opening partnership, but the dismissal of the latter sparked a mini-collapse as the visitors lost 3 for 11 in 18 balls. George Bailey (70) and Jordan Silk (42) fought gamely, but the innings unraveled once the 70-run fourth wicket stand was broken. Eventually, Tasmania, who had collapsed spectacularly against Victoria in their first encounter, were bowled out for 210, thereby suffering back-to-back losses. For the hosts, Jhye Richardson, AJ Tye and Ashton Agar took three wickets each.

Having capped off their home run with two wins, Western Australia will now travel to Sydney for their next match against New South Wales on Wednesday (October 2nd). The beleaguered Tasmanians travel to Adelaide for their next match against South Australia on Sunday (September 29th).

Brief Scores: Western Australia 312 (D'Arcy Short 129, Shaun Marsh 42, Riley Meredith 4/42) beat Tasmania 210 ( George Bailey 70, Caleb Jewell 45, Jhye Richardon 3/23, Andrew Tye 3/49) by 102 runs

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