Western Warriors trampled by Bulls as Sheffield Shield goes to final round

The Western Warriors suffered a 250-run defeat to the Queensland Bulls at the Gabba which takes their hopes of a Sheffield Shield Final into the final round of fixtures.

testerThe ladder leading Warriors were outplayed by the Bulls throughout the day-night contest and were all out for 144 before the first break of the final day.

At the conclusion of WA’s match, second-placed South Australia and third-placed New South Wales’ contest in Adelaide was in the balance with all three results still possible.

All three States were level on 26 points heading into the final round where the Warriors will face the Blues in Canberra, while fourth-placed Queensland remain in the picture with their win moving them up to 22 points.

WA resumed this morning at 5-73, with Adam Voges and Sam Whiteman at the crease but the resistance quickly faded as Luke Feldman (4-26) and Michael Neser (3-44) finished the job for the hosts.

Voges and Whiteman got through the first 14 overs of the day, before the WA skipper fell, caught behind off Feldman for 41. Whiteman was dropped twice, while a visibly hampered Mitch Marsh battled manfully.

Marsh was adjudged out LBW off Cameron Boyce for 13, with Whiteman following him back to the pavilion the next over for 26, caught by Joe Burns at deep square trying to pull off Neser’s bowling.

From there, the Bulls quickly overcame the tail-end’s resistance with Ashton Agar (2) and Michael Hogan (12) falling to Neser.

Peter Forrest was named Man of the Match for the Bulls after his first innings’ 133, while Queensland skipper James Hopes was influential with his six-wicket haul in WA’s first dig.

Jason Behrendorff (5-105 & 1-32) and Nathan Rimmington (3-74 & 2-32) were WA’s best performers for the match. The Warriors were left to rue a disappointing batting performance throughout in Brisbane, managing only 319 runs for the match.

Queensland 391 & 3-178 dec v WA 175 & 144 (Voges 41, Whiteman 26; Feldman 4-26, Neser 3-44)

LATEST STANDINGS

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied Draw Aban Pts Quotient
Western Aust 9 4 2 0 3 0 26 1.052
South Aust 9 3 1 0 5 0 26 1.148
NSW 9 3 3 0 3 0 26 1.050
Queensland 9 3 2 0 4 0 22 1.124
Tasmania 9 2 4 0 3 0 16 0.878
Victoria 9 1 4 0 4 0 10 0.794

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