A sure chance to defend the title in the Mars Cup

Western Australia cruised to the Marsh Cup final, comfortably escorting Tasmania to Perth and securing the bonus point needed for Sunday’s final against NSW.

The Warriors posted 307 and had to hold Tasmania at a score of less than 245 to pass Queensland on the table.

They made it easy, bowling the Tigers with 148, and will meet NSW in Sunday’s decision-making at Bankstown Oval.

In excellent conditions at WACA, the visiting team was the first to win and bowling, but they failed to withstand the strong WA top ranking that ran out of the blocks.

The Warriors jumped to 3-128 with 18 goals before Mitchell Marsh was knocked out for 63 runs with 48 balls.

Whiteman and Josh Inglis followed, but not before the announcement of 59 and 60 races, respectively.

Jackson Bird and Sam Rainbird each put up three goalkeepers for Tasmania, while Tom Rogers and Tom Andrews took two tickets each.

Jason Behrendoorf, a late-scoring player, with 35 of 33 balls turned the solid screen for hitting, and the team that looks hot is defending its Marsh Cup trophy.

The ominous signs came early for the Tigers in their chase, losing Ben McDermott to the Golden Duck because none of their Batman could stronghold.

Tasmania lost four goalkeepers in the opening 10 overs, and it didn’t take long before they capitulated in front of everyone by 148 for just 25.1 overs.

Beau Webster topped with an undefeated 51, and a loss means Tasmania finished fourth in the standings.

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