Feb 192013

Tasmania all-rounder James Faulkner says it was a matter of pride that the Tigers performed well in their final regular-season Ryobi Cup match against Western Australia.

Tasmania defeated WA by 51 runs after they batted first and made 6-307 off their 50 overs, with the Warriors all out for 256 in response.

Western Australia would have made it through to the Ryobi Cup final against Victoria if they won with a bonus point, while Tasmania were playing to avoid the wooden spoon – which they did with a win.

The Warriors replaced them in bottom spot on the standings with the result.

Faulkner said there was still plenty to play for despite being out of the race for the final.

“I think any time you get to represent your state it’s an honour,” he said.

“I think a couple of young players that have only played one or two games, to see them do well was really good.

“Hopefully that holds them in good stead for next season.”

Western Australia had made a quick start to the run chase with 40 runs coming off the first four overs before Faulkner struck to dismiss Sam White (13).

“We knew they were obviously going to come hard and try and get them in 40 overs,” Faulkner said.

“For us it was just about concentrating on what we do well as a group and I think we did that pretty well by creating opportunities in the field.”

The 22-year-old Faulkner blasted 59 not out off just 37 balls with the bat and then took 3-62 off 11 overs with the ball.

His wickets included the in-form young gun Sam Whiteman, recently retired Test star Mike Hussey (four) and Ashton Turner (51), who had combined with Mitch Marsh for an 87-run partnership that had Western Australian fans dreaming of a miraculous run chase.

Faulkner said his confidence carried over from the batting to his bowling.

“I think anytime you’ve started pretty well with the bat or either the ball it gives you the confidence just naturally, but yeah it was just good to be a part of it today,” he said.

“It was set up today by (Ricky Ponting’s) 90-odd and Jordan Silk batted really well in his second game.”

First Posted 20 February, 2013 8:19AM AEST

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