NSW v Western Australia, Sheffield Shield, Sydney, 3rd day March 12, 2011

New South Wales chase begins shakily

ESPNcricinfo staff

New South Wales 9 for 322 dec and 2 for 31 need another 220 runs to beat Western Australia 382 and 190 (Voges 97*, Copeland 4-61, O'Keefe 4-65)

New South Wales were wobbling early in their chase of 251 in Sydney, where Nathan Coulter-Nile picked up two wickets to leave the hosts at 2 for 31 by stumps on the third day. Phillip Hughes was on 8 and the nightwatchman Peter Nevill was yet to score, as the Blues searched for a victory that would give them a chance of hosting the Sheffield Shield final against Tasmania.

But Western Australia were doing their best to thwart the Blues, and an unbeaten 97 from Adam Voges pushed the Warriors to 190 in their second innings. Voges didn't get much support - the next best score was 22 from the No. 10 Michael Hogan - but it was enough to set a competitive chase for New South Wales, who lost David Warner for 1 and Phil Jaques (21).

Trent Copeland and Steve O'Keefe each collected four wickets after New South Wales declared their first innings at 9 for 322. They added 74 to their overnight total before Simon Katich called an end to the innings, keen to give them their best possible chance of an outright win. In order to host the final, the Blues need full points and for Tasmania to fail to beat South Australia.