Alex Doolan continued his rich vein of form
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Test cricket aspirants Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh both hit half-centuries to help Western Australia to a crucial four-wicket one-day cup win over Tasmania on Saturday.
WA survived some tense moments at North Sydney Oval, before passing Tasmania's 8-267 with nine balls remaining.
Both Marsh and Voges will be seeking selection for the upcoming three-Test series against South Africa, as Australia try to put the recent disappointing Test tour of Sri Lanka behind them.
Marsh opened the innings and hit a confident 70 in just his second match of the summer, while Voges displayed trademark composure in scoring 90 not out as WA reached 6-268.
Some lusty blows from off-spinner Ashton Turner (42 off 30 balls) aided Western Australia's cause just as nerves were starting to jangle late in the innings.
The win leaves fourth-placed WA, who have a match in hand against the Cricket Australia XI, well placed to claim a spot in next Friday's preliminary final.
"Our chase was really clinical with Shaun Marsh doing a great job at the top of the innings, and Ashton Turner also did a great job late on which probably took a little bit of pressure of me," Voges said.
"It was important to get over the line and the win puts us into the top three for the first time this season, and any win over a very good Tasmania team is very satisfying.
"If we keep winning I think we will be OK, so at least our destiny is in our own hands.
"I thought our guys were excellent today, though we were probably chasing 30 more than we should have with the last two overs of their innings not going to plan."
The result leaves Tasmania with just two wins from five matches and effectively ends their one-day cup hopes.
Their total was always likely to be insufficient in good batting conditions and was only boosted by some late hitting which reaped 44 off the final four overs.
A 148-run third-wicket partnership between the in-form Alex Doolan (93) and Dom Michael (89) was the cornerstone of the Tasmanian innings after they had slipped to 2-36.