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March 13, 2011
New South Wales 9 for 322 dec and 7 for 251 (Hughes 115, Rohrer 70*, Coulter-Nile 3-75) beat Western Australia 382 and 190 by three wickets
Phillip Hughes' first hundred in more than a year delivered victory to New South Wales, but it wasn't enough to earn them hosting rights for the Sheffield Shield final. The Blues will travel to Hobart for the decider, which starts on Thursday, after Tasmania secured a home final with their four-wicket win over South Australia in Adelaide.
At least New South Wales will enter the contest with some form behind them, and the efforts of Hughes were particularly pleasing for the Blues. He made 54 in the first innings and 115 in the second, his first century since February 2010, and when he fell to Michael Hogan, New South Wales still needed 29 more runs with four wickets in hand.
Ben Rohrer (70 not out) guided the Blues home for a three-wicket win, with Trent Copeland at the crease on 4 when the winning runs arrived. Nathan Coulter-Nile picked up three wickets, and six for the match, for the Warriors, who finished the Sheffield Shield season in fourth position.
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