West Park wicket cops a serve from Voges

WESTERN Australia captain Adam Voges led the criticism of a Burnie wicket that saw only two batsmen score more than 23 and Tasmania claim a bonus- point Ryobi Cup win yesterday.

The Tigers kick-started their one-day campaign with the 85-run victory but West Park's variable bounce dominated proceedings and had Voges lamenting a miserable week in Tasmania that also saw his side thrashed in the Sheffield Shield.

"It was a pretty poor wicket to be honest," Voges said, acknowledging that the loss ended his side's one-day hopes. "Both teams being 6-50 and we were a couple of dropped catches away from the Tigers being 7-50.

"I'm all for getting cricket out to regional areas but I think the standard of pitches needs to be better than that."

Voges said the dismissal of Tigers batsman Jonathan Wells best summed up the unpredictability.

"He had two balls hit the same area, one goes through shoulder height, the other one hits off-stump halfway up. That's tough work."

The 114-run partnership of the only two notable scorers, James Faulkner (66) and Evan Gulbis (57 not out), was 84 runs more than any other pair managed.

Having also enjoyed four wickets each with the ball, the Tasmanian all-rounders were understandably reluctant to speak too harshly about the wicket.

Faulkner called it "a bit inconsistent" and Gulbis "very challenging".

He added: "I did not think it was going to be that bad. It was hard on top with a few cracks which must have opened up. But it was not the worst I've played on."

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