Michael Klinger continued his hot early-season form to help Western Australia overcome a final-day scare in their seven-wicket Sheffield Shield win over Tasmania at the WACA Ground.
Chasing a paltry 105 for victory, the Warriors were looking shaky at 3-11 after opener Cameron Bancroft fell late on day three and Marcus Harris and Jason Behrendorff were dismissed early on Monday.
WA would have been 4-20 had Evan Gulbis held on to a regulation catch at second slip when Adam Voges was yet to score.
The fluffed chance let the Warriors off the hook, with Klinger (56no) and Voges (27no) combining for an unbeaten 94-run, fourth-wicket stand to lift WA to a winning score of 3-105.
As well as the six outright points for victory, WA also claimed 2.67 batting and bowling bonus points for the match.
Tasmania will fly home with just 1.15 bonus points in their kitty.
Klinger has enjoyed a dream start to his Warriors career since crossing from South Australia at the end of last summer on a two-year deal.
The 34-year-old played a key role in the Warriors’ one-day title-winning campaign, and his composure at the top of the Shield order was crucial after Bancroft (1), Harris (9) and Behrendorff (0) all fell cheaply against the Tigers.
“You want to do well early, to get that respect from the other guys,” Klinger said.
“It’s been great to contribute to the team winning.”
Warriors coach Justin Langer said he was still pinching himself that he was able to snare the services of Klinger to replace the retired Marcus North.
“His game is really suited to batting at the WACA,” Langer said.
“He’s shown how valuable he is. He got 96 in the one-day final.
“To have that sort of experience is gold for us.”
Tigers coach Dan Marsh said his side’s batting totals of 215 and 242 simply weren’t good enough.
“We won the toss on a nice wicket but to make 215 in the first innings – it was nowhere near enough runs unfortunately,” Marsh said.
“From that point on we were chasing our tails.
“We had a little sniff this morning. If we had taken that catch it would have been four down and might have been interesting.
“But at the end of the day we didn’t bowl well enough either.”
Round two of the Shield will feature day-night matches, with WA to host Queensland, Tasmania to play Victoria at Blundstone Arena, and South Australia to lock horns with NSW at Adelaide Oval.