New South Wales v Western Australia, Sheffield Shield, Sydney, 4th day March 8, 2009

Bandy holds firm as Blues finish last

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Western Australia 210 and 4 for 248 (Bandy 87*, Robinson 51) drew with New South Wales 8 for 526 dec
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David Bandy and rain were the saviours for Western Australia © Getty Images

New South Wales' title defence ended in the wooden spoon after David Bandy's 87 not out guided Western Australia to safety with help from rain. The Warriors finished the season fifth after posting 4 for 248 and preventing the Blues from climbing over them on the ladder.

Bandy continued on from the resistance shown by the top order in staying for almost four hours before the weather closed in with Western Australia still needing 68 to force the hosts into a second innings. Luke Pomersbach was unbeaten on 22 at stumps after Adam Voges made 27.

The Warriors suffered an early setback when Wes Robinson was run out by Ben Rohrer on 51 and Luke Towers also left before lunch, crawling to 48 from 198 deliveries. It was slow going, but it was what Western Australia needed to avoid the threat of dropping to the bottom.