Western Australia recorded their 200th Sheffield Shield victory and moved within sight of the final next month with a tense four-wicket win over Tasmania.
The nerveless Sam Whiteman took the control of the run chase after the WA middle order started wobbling against the experienced Tasmanian attack.
Underlining why he is a player to watch on the national scene, the 21-year-old Whiteman (29 not out) helped knock off the small target once he joined Ashton Turner (13 not out) after tea.
The pair was untroubled on the WACA Ground surface and took the Warriors to 6-259 to complete the team’s third outright win of the season.
Mitch Marsh and Turner were becalmed after tea and the former’s departure for 18, edging the impressive Sam Rainbird to slip, compounded the nerves in the WA camp.
But Whiteman took little time to get into his stride and soon swept Turner up with his momentum.
They put on 39 even time
Whiteman now has 771 runs in 12 games as wicket-keeper. Only 1920s Queenslander Leo O’Connor had more runs as a gloveman in his first 12 games.
The win took WA to 20 points – just four behind NSW and South Australia – with vital home and away fixtures against the Blues in the next three weeks.
WA will also be part of the experiment with pink balls when they play a night fixture against Queensland at the Gabba.