JLT Cup: Victoria beat Western Australia, to face Tasmania in final
Peter Handscomb top-scored for Victoria with 80. (Getty Images)

Victoria beat defending champions Western Australia by 63 runs to send them packing from Australia’s domestic One-day Cup and set up summit clash against Tasmania on Wednesday. Half-centuries from Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris and Nic Maddison powered the Vics to 332/4, after which his part-time off spin crippled Western Australia’s chase. Cruising at 121/1 at an excess of 6.4 runs an over, Maddinson dented the lower order to pick up 4/28, that eventually saw Western Australia getting bowled out for 269 with more than four overs to spare.

After being put into bat, Victoria were reduced to 10 for 2 with Cameron White and Travis Dean getting dismissed inside four overs, before Harris decided to take charge of the innings. He struck 73 off 49 balls, 64 of which came in boundaries through 13 fours and two sixes. He took Nathan Coulter-Nile for five fours in an over and brought up his half-century off 28 deliveries. He was accompanied by Handscomb, and the two batsmen went on to add 102 runs between them for the third wicket.

Handscomb, coming off scores of 89, 57 and 64 in his last three games, continued his glorious form and score 80 off 73 balls with nine boundaries and a six. His century-stand came to an end when Harris was bowled by Usman Qadir, but the 27-year-old batted with Maddinson to add 79 more after the Vics lost Glenn Maxwell for 7. Maddison struck 58 off 63 deliveries with seven fours and a six as the last four batsmen added 100 runs to take the total well beyond 300. Matt Short and Chris Tremain added crucial 36 and 25 runs respectively.

In reply, Western Australia raced to 40/0 inside four overs before Josh Phillippe became the first casualty after striking a 15-ball 28. Josh Inglis and D’Arcy Short then took over to score 81 runs in the next 13 overs. With Short and Inglis going at the rate of knots, the pressure was right back on Victoria, but Jackson Coleman provided the breakthrough when Short was caught nicely down the legside after the batsman had gloved the ball.

The big blow arrived in the next over when the other set batsman, Inglis, departed. From there, Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright and Cameron Green tried to hang around but disciplined bowling by Coleman, Fawad Ahmed and Andrew Fekete stifled the scoring rate. With the asking rate skyrocketing, the batsmen were limited to just rotating the strike. In a bid to score runs, Western Australia lost four of their final wickets to Maddinson’s part-time left-arm spin.

Brief scores: Victoria 332 in 49.5 overs (Peter Handscomb 80; Nathan Coulter-Nile 3-50) beat Western Australia 268 in 45.5 overs (Josh Inglis 63; Nic Maddinson 4-28) by 63 runs.