Western Australia v Queensland, Pura Cup, Perth, 4th day November 24, 2004

North leads WA to a draw

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Western Australia 512 (Campbell 144, Rogers 95, North 70, Wates 53) and 4 for 234 dec (North 78*, Campbell 53*, marsh 68) drew with Queensland 561 (Watson 136, Symonds 126)

Joe Dawes gave Western Australia cause for worry when he dismissed the openers early © Getty Images

Western Australia drew their Pura Cup game with Queensland at Perth after recovering from an early wobble. Queensland went away with two points for the first-innings lead, but for a brief while it appeared as if they'd end the day with victory points as well.

WA terminated Queensland's innings for 561 early in the morning when Brad Hogg clean-bowled Joe Dawes for figures of 4 for 121. Then Dawes returned with the ball in his hand and removed both openers with 24 runs on the board. At this point WA were still 25 runs ahead. Then Andy Bichel claimed Murray Goodwin for 21 (34 for 3). A partnership worth 138 runs between James North and Shaun Marsh followed. Both were patient and played for time. North's unbeaten 78 came off 174 balls, while Marsh's 68 took 134 deliveries. They hauled WA out of jail and paved the way for Ryan Campbell's attack as the match came to a close.

Campbell struck a boundary-filled 53 off 62 balls with nine fours and a six. His runs came in a 66-run partnership with North that was cut short when the innings was declared at 234 for 4.