McDermott stars as Tasmania beat WA

Tasmania opener Ben McDermott has scored 133 off 140 balls to inspire his side to a five-wicket victory over Western Australia in Hobart.

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Opener Ben McDermott has warmed up for the BBL with a sparkling century to lead Tasmania to a five-wicket one-day victory over Western Australia at Blundstone Arena.

In reply to WA's 9-294, McDermott scored 133 off 140 balls to help the Tigers chase down the victory target with nine balls to spare on Friday.

McDermott cracked eight fours and five sixes in the man-of-the-match display, while Mac Wright (55 off 70 balls), Charlie Wakim (42 off 41 balls), and Tim David (36no off 23 balls) chipped in with handy knocks.

One of McDermott's sixes was so big it ended in someone's backyard.

McDermott holed out in the deep with just 12 more runs needed for victory, but by that stage the damage had been done.

The knock was a perfect tune-up for McDermott ahead of his BBL campaign with the Hobart Hurricanes.

It also ensured his name stays in the forefront of national selectors for Australia's ODI and T20 squads.

The result lifted Tasmania (2-1) into second spot on the one-day ladder, while WA (3-2) remain in top spot but have played two extra games.

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine was originally named to play in the match for Tasmania, but he was a late scratching after deciding to take a break from cricket in the wake of the fallout from the sexting scandal.

After losing the toss and being sent in to bat, WA opener Sam Whiteman (79 off 65 balls), Hilton Cartwright (50 off 45 balls), Cameron Bancroft (46), and Josh Philippe (45) all posted handy scores to lift the visitors to a strong total.

The Warriors were on track to post a score in excess of 330 after moving to 1-164 in the 25th over.

But Tigers trio Tom Rogers (2-49), Peter Siddle (2-51), and Tim David (2-25) helped limit the damage with some disciplined bowling.

Whiteman entered the match in hot form on the back of his unbeaten 176 in WA's recent Sheffield Shield loss to Tasmania, and he picked up where he left off.

The 29-year-old cracked seven fours and two sixes before Rogers found his edge.

Whiteman's departure in the 25th over sparked a collapse of 4-32 in a clatter of wickets that ended WA's hopes of reaching 350.