Thu, Sep 20, 11:51am by Staff Writer
The 2018 JLT One Day Cup began this week, with wins to the Western Australian, Tasmania and Victoria across the three games.
The WA Warriors are the $3.25 favourites to win their 14th title after being victorious last season.
They finished the round robin games with five wins from six starts and progressed directly to the Grand Final, beating South Australia by six wickets.
They got their latest campaign off to a winning start with a four-wicket win against New South Wales at the WACA on Tuesday.
Ashton Turner top scored for the hosts with 70 runs from 55 balls, with opener Josh Phillipe scoring a run-a-ball 59.
Daniel Sams was the best of the New South Wales bowlers, taking three wickets for 46 runs. Steve O’Keefe had the best economy of all of the Blues’ bowlers at less than five runs per over.
New South Wales was bowled out in the 44th over and set Western Australia a modest total of 204, which they chased down with 17 overs to spare.
Andrew Tye took three wickets in a man of the match effort for Western Australia, as the New South Wales batsmen failed to get going. Daniel Sams top scored with 62 runs late in their innings, but their top order fell cheaply, with five batsmen out for 49 runs.
New South Wales is $5.50 to win the JLT One Day Cup after its first match.
Victoria has played two matches thus far for one win and one loss.
The Vics defeated Queensland by 13 runs in Townsville, with Will Sutherland taking five wickets in a dominant spell for the visitors.
Victoria was bowled out for 240 runs in the 49th over, with Glenn Maxwell top scoring with 80 runs.
The Bulls were bowled out for 227 runs, with bowler Mitchell Swepson illustrating that he is also credentialed with bat in hand, knocking 77 runs, including nine fours to give his side a chance in the game.
The Queenslanders are the big outsiders in this competition, priced at $10 to win the trophy.
Tasmania set Victoria a mammoth target of 320 runs in their match in Townsville on Wednesday.
Matthew Wade scored 117 runs for Tasmania, including 11 fours and six sixes on his way to amassing the biggest score of any batsman in the JLT One Day Cup this season.
Victoria’s chase got off to a good start as they lost their first wicket in the 12th over, but they were unable to find batting form outside of their openers.
The next best score of 32 runs by Nic Maddinson not enough for them to start the season with back-to-back wins.
Victoria is $4.50 to win the JLT One Day Cup, while Tasmania is priced at $6.
South Australia begins its campaign on Thursday afternoon (AEST) at the WACA against New South Wales.
The Redbacks are $5.50 to win the competitions after finishing runner up last year.
JLT One Day Cup Odds
WA Warriors $3.25
NSW Blues $5.50
SA Redbacks $5.50
Tas Tigers $6
QLD Bulls $10
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