Cricket world erupts over WA's record-breaking Marsh Cup win
Western Australia appear unbeatable after an astonishing feat in the Marsh Cup final.
The cricket world has erupted over the Marsh Cup final after multiple records were shattered as Western Australia defeated South Australia in a brutal 181-victory. South Australia would be ruing their missed chances after dropping Josh Inglis three times on his way to a blistering century scoring 138 runs off 110 balls to guide his state to back-to-back titles.
Cameron Bancroft (90 off 112) and Mitch Marsh (56 off 30) contributed important knocks as WA posted a mammoth 7-387. Remarkably, the total equalled WA's previous best of 387 set against Queensland in 2018.
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In reply, SA looked strong as they moved to 0-84 courtesy of strong knocks from Henry Hunt (50) and Kelvin Smith (44). But the wheels fell of quickly from that point on, with the Redbacks losing 10-122 on the way to being dismissed for 206 in 31.4 overs.
Ashton Agar, who recently returned from India on tour with the Australian squad, was the star man with the ball as he took 5-64 to help claim the title. Western Australia have now moved to 16 state titles, four clear of New South Wales.
Individual records also tumbled in the stunning final as Western Australia scored at a breathtaking pace. Aussie international allrounder Mitchell Marsh scored the fastest 50 in a final off just 27 balls. Remarkably, this eclipsed Rod Marsh's record set playing for the state in 1983-94.
Inglis' 138 also marked the highest score from an individual player in the Marsh Cup final. WA Cricket won the treble last season - the BBL title, the one-day cup crown and the Sheffield Shield - and have the chance to repeat the dose this summer as well as securing hosting rights for the Shield final.
"We speak about it a lot that we don't just want to win the odd title here or there, we want to start a dynasty and win everything," Inglis said. "We have the squad to do it. We go out every single game expecting to win."
Cricket world reacts to Marsh Cup mayhem
The Marsh Cup final lived-up to the hype and the cricket world went mad. Fans were full of praise for Inglis' knock under pressure once again for his successful state.
Western Australia's fourth straight domestic title - second straight Marsh Cup - also had fans praise the dynasty the state is building.
M Marsh 🤝 R Marsh #MarshCup
h/t: @LawrieColliver pic.twitter.com/LAI3PJUQOP
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 8, 2023
That score was never getting chased down. What a performance, what depth. No room for last year’s hero Cartwright, nor Short, Gannon, Paris, Whiteman etc. Really proud of this team and their leadership 🏆 #MarshCup 🟡⚫️ pic.twitter.com/5NgFzNXVU2
— Michael Gannon (@drmichaelgannon) March 8, 2023
Australian cricket right now. #MarshCup #WESTISBEST pic.twitter.com/2YiFDHwV7G
— Sam Tomlin (@SamTomlin539) March 8, 2023
5th one day title in the last 9 years for WA, & a record extending 16th title overall.
9 of WA’s 11 today have represented Australia & a further 6 in their squad not playing today have Intl experience (not including Morris currently in Test squad) #MarshCup
— Corbin Middlemas (@CorbinMiddlemas) March 8, 2023
How good is this @WACA_Cricket organisation. They have won four straight titles (@BBL x 2, one day cup, Sheffield Shield) and are on track for a fifth-straight crown today. Dynasty stuff@abcsport #MarshCup
— Tom Wildie (@tomwildie) March 8, 2023
West is best … again!! #MarshCup pic.twitter.com/zKvHMOhHD2
— Daniel Davini (@davvers605) March 8, 2023
While Inglis was superb, his rivals were left disappointed after having a number of opportunities to dismiss the batter.
Inglis was a sluggish 26 off 42 balls with the scoreboard reading 1-55 in the 14th over when he was dropped by Hunt at deep mid-wicket. The moment proved decisive, with Inglis needing just 45 more balls to race from 26 to his maiden one-day Cup century.
Inglis was dropped again on 118 when Redbacks captain Jake Lehmann grassed him at mid-off. The 28-year-old blaster was given another reprieve on 123 when he gloved paceman Spencer Johnson through to the keeper - only for the umpire to give it not out.
Bancroft was on 51 when Henry Thornton dropped an absolute sitter at mid-off, with the ball going straight through his hands and to the boundary. This prompted coach Jason Gillespie to call for an improved fielding display coming into the next season.
"Ultimately we need to be better. It is as simple and as brutal as that. It's not good enough," Redbacks coach Gillespie said of the dropped catches.
"The lads are working at it, but we probably need to do more. We just can't keep giving opportunities to the opposition. They were chances that professional cricketers should take. That's what the most frustrating thing is."
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