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Knowles steers Warriors to win
The Western Warriors jumped to second place on the points table in the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash, after registering a 24-run victory against the Victorian Bushrangers at the WACA.
After setting a target of 153 runs, the Warriors were led to their second straight victory thanks to superb bowling performances from Brad Knowles, Aaron Heal and Ashley Noffke, which restricted the Victorians to 128 for eight in their 20 overs.

The dangerous openers Matthew Wade and Brad Hodge did not quite provide the start the Victorians hoped for. Fast bowler Knowles bowled Wade out for only six runs in the second over, while Hodge was caught by Luke Pomersbach off a delivery from Noffke.
With two wickets down for 24 runs, the Victorians were in an uncomfortable position. Captain Cameron White tried to steady the innings, however, he fell to a brilliant offspinner from Heal for 31.
At 70 for three, with David Hussey and Andrew McDonald in the middle, the Victorians were still hopeful of reaching the target. However, Noffke struck again to pick up Hussey for 18 in the 13th over.
It’s all about numbers
Victorian overseas player, Dwayne Bravo, who has had a lukewarm tournament, did not provide any fireworks and was sent back by Heal for just seven runs, three overs later.

Aaron Finch (14), who hit a noticeable 48 against the Southern Redbacks in their last encounter, threw his wicket away while trying to sneak a cheesy run. McDonald then took upon himself to lead the attack but lack of support from the other side made him crumble under pressure. Theo Doropoulos caught him for 32 runs in the last over off a delivery from Knowles.
Knowles finished the day with three wickets for 20 runs, while Heal and Noffke scapled two each.
Top Performer: Ashley Noffke
Earlier, the Warriors won the toss and elected to bat. Shaun Marsh and Wes Robinson, who had a 168-run opening stand against the New South Wales Blues, seemed in a punishing mood. They notched up a 57-run partnership before John Hastings got Robinson out in the seventh over for 34 runs. Marsh fell shortly, contributing 19 runs from 25 balls.
Luke Ronchi, who was accompanied by Pomersbach at the end after captain Adam Voges departed for eight runs, looked in no mood to relent. He looked dangerous with his 31 but fell to Dirk Nannes’ tactics of changing pace. Ronchi stepped across outside off and Nannes sent in a quicker delivery and had the stumps clattering.

An over later, Pomersbach too was bowled too by Nannes for 32 runs.

Doropoulos and Noffke chipped in with 22 runs down the order to take Warriors total past 150.
 
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