New South Wales (NSW) fell just six runs short in their mammoth chase as Ashton Turner shone as Western Australia (WA) came away with the win in the final round of the Sheffield Shield.
NSW’s skipper Moises Henriques won the toss and opted to field first in Perth with a place in the final still possible for both sides if South Australia lost their game in Hobart.
WA laid down a marker in their first innings by making 436 before declaring nine wickets down – Cameron Bancroft made a fine century (104), while Turner (84), Hilton Cartwright (70) and Adam Voges (72) all made large contributions.
Josh Inglis chipped in with 54 for WA, while the wickets were shared between NSW’s bowlers as Trent Copeland, Will Somerville and Harry Conway took two wickets each.
NSW responded with 309, leaving them with a first innings deficit of 127. Dan Hughes and Ed Cowan continued their strong form in the Shield making 69 runs each, while Henriques made 50 and Peter Nevill and Doug Bollinger made 30s.
Jason Behrendorff led the way for WA taking 4-70 while David Moody backed him up with 2-59.
WA then piled on more runs through Cartwright as he made a stunning 170 which included 16 fours and five sixes, Turner played well for 44 too – as they finished on 275 after declaring four wickets down.
Copeland was the pick for NSW in the second innings as he took 3-72 while Somerville chipped in with 1-61.
Needing an unlikely 402 for victory NSW gave it all as they were bowled out for 396 – just six agonizing runs short of their target.
Hughes made a fine 110 at the top of the order as he shared a 167-run partnership with Cowan who made 80. Henriques and Nevill also made 60s, the latter being the last man out for NSW after a huge effort.
Turner was the man in form for WA as he took 6-111 to add to his 128 runs in the match. Behrendorff also picked up two wickets, finishing as WA’s top wicket taker with 37 scalps at 17.6 apiece, as WA won to secure third spot in the ladder and just miss out on a place in the finals.
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