Cricket news: Jhye Richardson injured as WA beat NSW one one-day final

Adam Zampa did Shane Warne proud on his old home ground but an injury to a Test quick soured a big win.

In the shadows of what soon will become the Shane Warne stand at the Junction Oval, Australia’s current white-ball spin king Adam Zampa produced a big-game three-wicket spell for NSW the cricket legend would have been proud.

But it was one of the best catches ever taken in domestic cricket by West Australian all-rounder Hilton Cartwright which halted a stirring late run-chase from the Blues as the road warriors from WA added the one-day title to the Perth Scorchers Big Bash league win.

Despite losing Test fast bowler Jhye Richardson to a potentially serious hamstring injury, and with NSW chasing just 226 to win back-to-back titles, man-of-the-match AJ Tye took 4-30 as the WA boys came up trumps.

The NSW batters never got going in the run chase and wickets with his second and third balls of the match from Tye proved telling as they were all out for just 207.

Richardson, who was left out of the tour of Pakistan to get more domestic cricket under his belt after a long time out with a shoulder injury, was forced from the field in the middle of his seventh over after clutching at his left leg.

The 25-year-old said pre-match he was targeting a return to international cricket during Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka in June, but he’s now likely to miss his teams final two Shield games this month with WA also top of the table in the four day competition.

Cartwright’s catch to remove NSW captain Moises Henriques in the 45th over, as he sprinted to his left and dived full strength to not only take the catch, while horizontal, but also prevented a boundary to swing the momentum back his team’s way.

WA then snared the final two wickets with both Zampa and Tanveer Sangha out for ducks to record an 18-run win.

Earlier in the match, and on the same day another leg-spinner, Mitchell Swepson, was named to make his Test debut, Zampa summoned his summoned his best, despite feeling the effects of a shoulder injury which required treatment during the innings.

The white-ball whiz took two wickets in two balls to try and burst the early WA balloon on the same grounds Warne cut his teeth in club cricket for St Kilda.

Along with fellow leggie Tanveer Sangha, snared four wickets between them in a tandem showing Zampa was denied a hat-trick after dismissing first Shaun Marsh then WA captain Ashton Turner first ball.

Zampa had to leave the field and had to put a heat bag on his shoulder after his initial spell before coming back and couldn’t muster the same magic as the WA tail wagged.

The last four batters added 136 to the score, setting NSW a task which in the end proved hard with both teams now set to turn their attention to the remaining Shield matches.

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