WA v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Perth, 4th day March 19, 2017

NSW fall agonisingly short of place in Shield final

ESPNcricinfo staff

Western Australia 9 for 436 dec and 4 for 275 dec beat New South Wales 309 and 396 (Hughes 110, Cowan 80, Henriques 66, Nevill 63, Turner 6-111) by 6 runs

File photo - Peter Nevill fell just short of delivering New South Wales a place in the Sheffield Shield final © Getty Images

Victoria will play South Australia in the Sheffield Shield final for the second consecutive summer after New South Wales fell seven runs short of victory in a tense finish to the last regular match of the competition in Perth. Chasing 403 to win and gain a place in the decider, the Blues were denied when Peter Nevill reverse-swept and was caught off Ashton Turner for 63.

The six-run win was a fine way for Western Australia to farewell their retiring captain Adam Voges, although South Australia's victory over Tasmania earlier in the day had ended any hopes the Warriors had of jumping from fifth on the table into the final. Instead, Western Australia had to settled for third on the table, with Victoria to host South Australia in the final in Alice Springs.

The final morning began with New South Wales in a vulnerable position at 1 for 6, needing a further 396 in a day to secure a place in the final. But a 161-run second-wicket stand between Ed Cowan and Daniel Hughes was the perfect platform. Cowan fell for 80 when he was bowled by Cameron Green, but he finished on top of the Shield run tally for the regular portion of this season with 959 at 73.76.

Hughes brought up his first century of the Shield season but was caught by Voges off Turner for 110, although further contributions were to come from the New South Wales middle order. Kurtis Patterson made 39 and captain Moises Henriques posted 66, but both men fell to the offspin of Turner and left Nevill marshalling the lower order for the remainder of the chase.

The final partnership began when No.11 Harry Conway joined Nevill with 24 runs still required, although time was also a factor with the number of overs in the day starting to dwindle. Nevill and Conway put on 17 but the drama ended when Nevill reverse-swept on 63 and was caught off the bowling of Turner, who finished with a career-best 6 for 111.

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  • Graham on March 21, 2017, 2:27 GMT

    First_Drop : I would have thought that they are numbered in certain conditions anyway. Out of the sub-continent I would expect that position to be Khawaja.

  • Terry on March 20, 2017, 23:01 GMT

    If the Australian selectors have decided that Khawaja is not capable of batting on Indian wickets why on earth did they take him? Cartwright as a right hander as well would have been a much more sensible choice. Shaun Marsh was taken as a better batsmen in Indian conditions and justified that selection today. To be honest I don't think he will be selected for a home Test again. By the time they play in Australia I suspect Khawaja and Cartwright will end up replacing Marsh and Maxwell and obviously O'Keefe will go out for a fast bowler. We may finally see Starc, Hazlewood , Cummins and Pattinson competing for places.

  • Phil on March 20, 2017, 7:13 GMT

    With Cartwright playing like this, surely Shaun Marshs days in the Aussie team are numbered.

  • Peter on March 20, 2017, 5:53 GMT

    @REDNECK It's the result at the end of the game that counts. Recall when Tasmania won its first Shield? They would send other sides in and wait for them to set targets they usually chased down. No one remembers that Tasmania didn't take 20 wickets very often that season, but they won the Shield. Not saying this is what happened here, but there is strategy like that going on with plenty of teams, otherwise why declare behind the other team's score?.

  • Prem on March 20, 2017, 3:42 GMT

    Well played WA but NSW is missing Cummins, Lyon, O'Keefe, Steve Smith, Dave Warner and Mitchell Starc while WA is missing just Sean Marsh and most certainly not Mitch Marsh!

  • Glenn on March 20, 2017, 1:21 GMT

    Where will the match be played ?

  • Stuart on March 20, 2017, 1:16 GMT

    Fantastic to go into the last round with all states but one in the running for the finals, and the likely #2 finalist changing session by session and not decided till just before stumps on the last day. Some great individual performances (Pattinson, Turner, Cartwright, etc.) to give the national selectors food for thought.

  • hayden on March 19, 2017, 21:59 GMT

    @CHRIS_P no first class cricket or test cricket is all about taking 20 wickets!!! a team would have every right to feel screwed by loosing a match in which they only lost 13 of 20 wickets.

  • Peter on March 19, 2017, 19:14 GMT

    @EARL/ There is more to cricket to just taking wickets. Early on in the match it looked as though Tasmania would win denying SA a position, a draw to NSW would have been enough to sneak through. NSW knew WA had to make the running to get an outright result to try for second. You bowl to the strategy, in going for quick runs, many times you fall over. That said, good result for young Turner & Cartwright, toss in Patterson into the mix, we got exciting youngsters coming through. MoHen finished up with a strong season with the bat as well.

  • Terry on March 19, 2017, 14:18 GMT

    Great finish to the season for WA after a terrible start. Cartwright and Turner particularly have taken a step forward but having Behrendorf, Paris and Coulter-Nile injured for most of the season hurt. Thanks to Adam Voges for great service to the state. Think its the right time for him to stand aside... though reckon he could manage another 5 years of County cricket with Middlesex!

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