Angel~~s strikes help WA move into 2nd place

Published: Monday, January 21, 2002, 21:05 [IST]
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Perth: Paceman Jo Angel took career-best figures to lead Western Australia (WA) to a 10-wicket victory over Victoria and second place on the Sheffield Shield cricket standings on Monday.

Angel (six for 52) became the fourth-highest wicket taker in Australia's domestic four-day competition, passing New South Welshman Geoff Lawson (367 wickets), as he ripped through Victoria's lower order early on the final day. He helped WA bowl Victoria out for 185 in its second innings before WA Test batsman Justin Langer (44 not out) and Michael Hussey (22 not out) hit the 72 runs needed for victory in just 22.3 overs without losing a wicket. Angel's demolition job moved him to 369 wickets and continued Victoria's wretched season. Victoria was anchored at the bottom of the competition standings on six points after the heavy defeat. But WA (16 points) took a big step toward a final berth by moving two ahead of third- placed South Australia with four matches to play. Champions Queensland leads the competition by six points, or an outright victory.

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