Thu, Sep 27, 6:06pm by Staff Writer
The WA Warriors have won their first three games in the JLT One Day Cup showing they are deserved favourites to win back-to-back domestic competitions.
The Warriors are $3 to win the final and lead the standings after three matches. They have eased to victory in all three games so far, defeating New South Wales by four wickets, South Australia by five wickets and Victoria by six wickets.
Their most recent match was a demolition of the Vics at St Kilda’s Junction Oval. The hosts were bowled out for just 200 runs after 46 overs, with Andrew Tye’s three wickets earning him man of the match honours.
The Vics struggled to get going, with Peter Handscomb top scoring with 57 runs, as Cameron White and Marcus Harris fell cheaply at the top of the order for 19 and two runs respectively. Victoria is the second favourites to win the JLT One Day Cup at $3.75.
The Warriors took wickets at regular intervals, with Pakistani Usman Qadir taking three wickets and D’Arcy Short snaring two. Their batting line up is yet to be truly tested, with Josh Phillpe scoring at better than a run a ball for his 65 runs as he top scored for the visitors.
The Tasmanian Tigers are in a good position to bounce back from a heavy defeat against New South Wales as they play the Southern Redbacks in Bankstown on Thursday.
Despite opener Matthew Wade being bowled for a duck, Ben McDermott and Jordan Silk have put on plenty with the bat, as they chase the Redback’s modest score of 236.
That game comes after the Tigers were smashed by the Blues by 88 runs. Tasmania was bowled out for just 151 runs.
Sean Abbott grabbed man of the match honours for the Blues after his five-wicket haul and an economy of under six runs per over.
Batting was a struggle for the Tigers as Wade once again was dismissed without scoring, as Clive Rose top scored with just 35 runs.
The Blues’ batting wasn’t much better, although Jack Edwards looked the batsman most at ease for the day, hitting 68 runs from just 50 balls in a quickfire innings.
That was the first win for the Blues this season after four matches as they find themselves at the bottom of the standings.
They are $13 to win the JLT One Day Cup, with the Tigers in second spot and a $6 chance.
The Queensland Bulls snared their first win of the competition against the South Australian Redbacks on Tuesday by seven wickets.
Billy Stanlake received man of the match honours after he took three wickets, had two maidens and conceded just 36 runs in 10 overs.
He helped to dismiss the fifth placed Redbacks for 280 runs in the 49th over, with Tom Cooper’s 139 runs the highest of the South Australian innings.
Cooper smashed 15 fours and seven sixes in 134 balls, as he rescued the Redbacks who were 3-46 inside the first 10 overs.
The Bulls chased down the total with ease, losing just three wickets and having 14 overs to spare.
Sam Heazlett and Max Bryant both scored heavily, with Bryant’s 71 runs coming off just 34 balls as he smashed six sixes in his innings.
Chris Lynn scored an unbeaten tonne for the visitors, as he was not out for 106 runs.
South Australia’s bowlers had no answer for the Bulls who scored more than 100 runs before their first wicket fell.
Spinner Adam Zampa took all three wickets for the hosts, whose lone win came a week ago against New South Wales.
The Redbacks are $4 to win the competition, while the Bulls are priced at $13.
The action continues this weekend with the Warriors looking to continue their unbeaten start as they face the Bulls.
On Sunday, the Vics and Redbacks look to get their season’s back on track, while the Tigers and Warriors clash on Monday in a potential two-top match up at Hurstville.
JLT One Day Cup Odds
WA Warriors $3
SA Redbacks $4
Tas Tigers $6
Qld Bulls $13
NSW Blues $13
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