New South Wales Blues lift Sheffield Shield

The NSW Blues have won the 2013-14 Bupa Sheffield Shield after the Final against the Western Warriors finished as a draw at Manuka Oval.

The New South Wales Blues celebrate (Photo Credit: @cadenhelmers on Twitter)

The Blues were crowned champions despite the draw, as they finished top of the table and were firmly in control on the final day when both captains agreed to call play off at 1.50pm Canberra time.

The Blues led by 464 runs, finishing at 4-197 with Steve Smith (103no) and Man of the Match Moises Henriques (10no) at the crease.

WA only managed one wicket on the final day, with NSW resuming at 3-59, 326 runs ahead. Marcus North was the wicket-taker, having Kurtis Patterson caught at backward point by Jason Behrendorff on 52 late in the first session, which was extended following the day four rain.

Ashton Agar and Ryan Duffield had good LBW shouts turned down for Henriques’ wicket before and after lunch respectively. However, Smith was always in control and brought up his century shortly before play was called off at the first drinks before following the lunch interval.

The result means NSW clinched their 46th Shield/Pura Cup title, while WA’s wait for another Shield crown continues, having last triumphed in 1998-99.

(Photo Credit: @93Cummins on Twitter)

The damage had been done on the second day, when Henriques posted 140 to lead NSW to 447, having been in trouble at 6-189 on day one following Behrendorff’s fine spell.

WA slumped to 4-15 by stumps on day two and never recovered despite Mitch Marsh’s 92no, being bowled out for 180 on the third day.

WA skipper Adam Voges said: “It’s a pretty empty feeling. We haven’t really been in the game.

“New South Wales have played exceptionally well, right from Moises’ innings we’ve been behind in the game.”

NSW 447 & 4-197 (Smith 103no, Patterson 52; Behrendorff 2-50, North 1-10) v WA 180, Manuka Oval

James Buttler

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