Thatscricket - News - WA thrashes NZ to reach Champions Cup final
Published: Tuesday, April 3, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
Perth: Western Australia made certain of reaching the final of an inaugural four-nation One-day cricket tournament on Tuesday night when it thrashed New Zealand side Central Districts.The Australian outfit outclassed its rivals, winning by 108 runs at the WACA Ground to record its third win in as many games in the Champions Cup.Its undefeated status makes it favorite for Wednesday's final against South African team KwaZulu Natal. Batting first after winning the toss, Western Australia whacked 257 for eight in its 50 overs before routing the New Zealanders for 149 in only 32.2 overs.Western Australian captain Justin Langer, Australia's Test number three, recaptured his best form, smashing 60 from 63 balls. Two of the side's younger players, Marcus North and Peter Worthington, also clobbered valuable half-centuries.North crafted 56 from 80 balls, while Worthington's 54 came from only 63 deliveries. Glen Sulzberger (two for 38) and Andrew Schwass (two for 55) were best with the ball for Central Districts.New Zealand was unable to develop any momentum with the bat, as only opener Jamie How (39 from 72 balls), skipper Jacob Oram (25 from 27) and Sulzberger (20 from 21) had any answer to the Western Australian attack.Pace pair Brad Williams (two for 22) and Stuart Karppinen (two for 40) and spin duo North (two for 20) and Brad Hogg (two for 33) shared the spoils.