Western Australia need a coach and a captain and could do with a slice of luck after a series of close calls went in Victoria’s favour in Wednesday’s one-day clash at the MCG.
The Warriors chose to bat and were skittled for 181 as Victoria cruised to victory with 1-185 in reply from 33.2 overs, claiming a bonus point.
Aaron Finch (80 not out) and Glenn Maxwell (58 not out) both scored half-centuries and shared an unbroken 111-run stand for the second wicket.
It’s Western Australia’s second loss in three matches, while the Bushrangers move to 15 points on top of the table.
Finch was given out lbw for one in the first over of Victoria’s innings but the batsman was recalled after third umpire Geoff Joshua viewed replays indicating the delivery from Mitchell Johnson would have gone over the stumps.
Chris Rogers (27) and Finch added 74 for the first wicket and the arrival of Maxwell brought more controversy.
Maxwell was caught behind and lbw in the space of two overs but both times umpire Joshua over-ruled the decision.
On 13, Maxwell was given not out by the third umpire after replays showed it was an extremely close call for a run-out appeal.
A furious Johnson, who thought he had dismissed Maxwell for one, reached speeds of 146 km/h and beat Maxwell for sheer pace several times.
Maxwell capitalised on his good fortune, hitting three sixes in his 53-ball innings including one which travelled over long-on for 97 metres.
“I didn’t know the third umpire could call back the players,“ Johnson said.
“I wasn’t happy about it for sure but that’s just the way it is.”
Earlier, Jayde Herrick claimed a career-best 5-51, leading the attack in a fine display after Victoria’s one-day international representative Clint McKay limped off during his seventh over with a right-hamstring injury.
Mitchell Marsh (51) and stand-in captain Adam Voges (18) added 55 for the fifth wicket but Herrick struck in three consecutive overs, removing Voges, debutant Hilton Cartwright (four) and Marsh.
“It was a good little deck there to bowl on,” Herrick said.
“I was pretty ecstatic to get five.”
Medium-pacer John Hastings grabbed 3-37.
Marcus North quit as Western Australia’s skipper last week and Lachlan Stevens announced he’s moving on as coach following Wednesday’s match.
Western Australia have endured three-day thrashings in each of their three Sheffield Shield games this season, while a boozy night out in South Africa for Mitchell Marsh’s 21st birthday overshadowed the Perth Scorchers’ Champions League T20 campaign.
North skipped Wednesday’s game because of a family illness.