Another batting collapse from Sheffield Shield champions Tasmania has handed Western Australia an outright victory in Hobart.
Tasmania’s Sheffield Shield title defence looked in disarray on Tuesday as a third straight batting collapse handed Western Australia an outright victory at Bellerive.
The Tigers lost 7-35 to be all out for 165 late on day three, the Warriors winning a bowler-dominated match by 84 runs.
WA paceman Michael Hogan’s masterful reverse swing clean-bowled three of the Tigers’ tail, his 5-37 taking his side to their second outright victory of the season.
Only Alex Doolan (75) looked like getting Tasmania near their target of 250, set when WA were dismissed for 187 in their second innings.
Tasmania head into the Big Bash league break having suffered three outright losses in their past four games.
They have failed to pass 200 in their past three innings, making 164 against NSW last match and 196 in the first innings against WA.
They were 7-41 in the first innings against the Warriors before allrounders Evan Gulbis and Luke Butterworth saved them with a partnership of 145.
Tasmanian coach Dan Marsh slammed his batsmen’s hunger.
“I think we’ve probably got to ask ourselves the question: Are we hungry enough?” he said.
“At the moment, it doesn’t look like it from the sidelines so I’ve asked that question of the batting group.”
But with four games remaining when the competition resumes in February, Marsh said the title defence remained alive.
“We’ll be certainly thinking we’ve got four games to play and there’s 24 points available,” he said.
“We’re going to have to play a hell of a lot better.”
Man of the match Mitch Marsh helped his side recover from a second innings 4-32 with a patient 70.
The highly rated 22-year-old’s score added to five wickets for the match and four first-class 50s already this season.
Warriors captain Adam Voges said injury-plagued Marsh, who has already played one-day and Twenty20 cricket for Australia, was developing into the full package as an allrounder.
“We’d love to see him score consistently big runs batting at five or six for us,” Voges said.
“If he can do that, then he’ll start pushing his name forward.”