South Australia v Western Australia, Pura Cup, Adelaide, 4th day March 11, 2007

Western Australia fall short despite Voges century

Cricinfo staff

South Australia 260 and 7 for 366 (Adcock 95, Borgas 83, Cosgrove 54, Voges 4-92) beat Western Australia 335 and 230 (Voges 103*) by 61 runs

Adam Voges, who impressed Australia's selectors with his domestic performances this summer, finished his season with a century © Getty Images

An Adam Voges century was unable to cover up a horrible start as Western Australia failed in their bid to reach the Pura Cup final. The Warriors had to beat South Australia, who recorded their first win with their last ball of the season, and they were given a strong chance when set a generous 292 by Darren Lehmann in 78 overs.

However, their hopes quickly faded when they lost 4 for 14 before lunch and were terrorised by Ryan Harris and Jason Gillespie. Harris, who was swinging the ball menacingly, bowled Justin Langer and Marcus North and had Shaun Marsh caught behind while Gillespie chipped in with the wicket of Chris Rogers.

Voges and David Bandy avoided further damage during a century partnership that re-floated the Warriors, but Gillespie swiftly regained the momentum for the Redbacks. Bandy had reached 58 when he edged trying to cut Gillespie and next ball the dangerous Luke Ronchi lost his off stump.

Voges, who struck seven fours and a six in his unbeaten 103, was unaffected, but he was unable to drag the Warriors on his own and the spinners Cullen Bailey and Dan Cullen made sure Lehmann's gamble was successful. Lehmann had declared at 7 for 366 after Mark Cosgrove reached his half-century and Voges picked up personal-best figures of 4 for 92.