Western Australia 8 for 432 dec (Klinger 202, Agar 105, Bird 3-83) and 4 for 136 dec (Klinger 50*, M March 50*) beat Tasmania 189 (Bailey 63, Johnson 3-68, Mackin 3-30) and 217 (Bailey 68, M Marsh 3-30) by 162 runs
The Tigers subsided to 4 for 81 when batsman Alex Doolan fell to Marsh, and a quick finish to the match seemed likely – Western Australia having been in charge more or less throughout.
However, the captain George Bailey and the allrounder James Faulkner combined for a stand of 98 that soaked up 36 valuable overs and took the game into the evening.
It took the left-arm spin of Ashton Agar to break the stand as he bowled Faulkner for 31. It was another important contribution for Agar, following his fluent first-innings century.
Marsh nipped out Tim Paine and Evan Gulbis, and Johnson – ahead of his vital role in the Tests against New Zealand – then managed to defeat Bailey.
The Tigers entered the final session with two wickets in hand but were unable to last the distance, having left too much for their bowlers to do.
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