Warriors secure first outright win of Shield season over Victoria

Western Warriors have recaptured the Meuleman Trophy and secured their first outright win of the Bupa Sheffield Shield season with an innings and 38-runs victory over the Victoria Bushrangers at the WACA Ground.

The WACA. Taken in December 2006

The WACA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The result puts WA on eight points, equal with a log-jam of teams from second place on the table down to fifth at the time of the conclusion of the match.

Victoria entered the final day’s play at 5-272 and with a mountain to climb, having been made to follow-on and still trailing by 111. It was a dominant performance set up by Man of the Match Marcus North, who stormed to a well-composed 145 on Day 1, and a not-out 127 from Shaun Marsh.

The batsmen received strong support from the order to end their first innings at an intimidating 8-581 declared, which proved too great a challenge for the Bushrangers to overcome. Nathan Coulter-Nile was devastating, with match figures of 8-110, including nine maidens, spreading those scalps evenly across both Victorian innings.

Jason Behrendorff added 1-63 to his three-wicket haul from the first innings to end with 4-109 for the match.

Indian-Cricket-Team-bgThe win returned the Meulman Trophy to the Warriors, with the shield having been awarded to the winner of First Class clashes between Victoria and Western Australia since 2005. The trophy honours Ken Meuleman, who passed away in 2004 having played 28 first class matches for Victoria and 44 for WA, before going on to have a long off-field association with WA cricket. WA has now won six battles, while Victoria has eight and held the prize after a win last Sheffield Shield season.

Bushrangers batsman Cameron White resumed on 110 alongside Dan Christian (10) and had been a stubborn at the crease in his well-crafted innings. The 30-year-old loomed as a stubborn roadblock for the Warriors, but as the new ball approached, Marcus North struck. White looked to work onto the leg side, but played around it and had his leg stump dislodged, exiting for 131 from 155 balls, with 17 fours and a six. It was the end of a solid 82-run partnership alongside Christian, who followed a short time later with a good length ball from Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Christian moved to push forward, but sent a thick edge to Sam Whiteman to exit for 40 from 122 balls. WA had Victoria on the ropes at 7-341, still 42 runs behind WA’s first innings total of 8-581 declared. With lunch looming it was just a matter of time and Coulter-Nile was clinical in his dismantling of the Bushrangers’ tail.

Clint McKay departed for a seven-ball duck, caught behind by Whiteman, and Jake Haberfield followed in the same fashion for one 10 balls later. It had Victoria at 9-343, with the inevitable simply a matter of time.

That time came when John Hastings left a North ball that spun viciously back from off to trap the final batsman LBW for 19. The Warriors now have a prime opportunity to carry the momentum to more points, with another home Shield match against Queensland starting Friday.

Ashton Agar fined for Code of Behaviour breach

Cricket Australia (CA) advises that Ashton Agar has been fined 25% of his match fee for breaching the CA Code of Behaviour during Western Australia’s Bupa Sheffield Shield match against the Victorian Bushrangers at the WACA.

Agar was reported by umpires for breaching Article 2.1.3 – Showing dissent at an Umpire’s decision. The incident occurred while Agar was bowling during the Bushrangers’ second innings. Agar accepted the sanction proposed by the Match Referee. A Code of Behaviour hearing was not required. This was Agar’s first offence in the past 18 months.

James Buttler

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