NSW v Western Australia, Sheffield Shield, Sydney, 4th day March 13, 2011

Hughes hundred sets up New South Wales win

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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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  • Andrew on March 14, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    @hyclass/Something_Witty - I suppose given this is a domestic forum, (hence not ODI W/C), the thing to discuss is WHO should be in the touring party to Sri Lanka in August. I think given that we are in some troubled times for Oz (in a Test sense), that an extended squad be sent to SL. (This is completely different to that extended squad before the 1st Asges Test). The purpose would be to bring along players who normally wouldn't get selected - not a case of any oddbody (re: 1st Test). My line of thinking would include Butterworth, Copeland, O'Keefe, & Coulter-Knowles. I'd also consider taking Cummins & Richardson. So I am talking about a 20-man squad, as opposed to the 14 or 15 they'd take on this type of tour. Get younger players exposure to the Test set up. It is costly to send that many extra players - but Cric Oz is supposed to be Non-Profit at the end of the day & the money could be rewarded ten-fold in the end!

  • Christopher on March 13, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    This wicket was clearly very hard to get in on and probably two paced.The match went half way through the final session and was anyones right to the end.Id love to know what happened with Bills of NSW in the second innings.He bowled only 1 over and didnt bat for the match.Why did Dixon only bowl 8 overs in the second innings for WA with the match there to be won?Copeland and O'Keefe were masterful and continued to validate their pedigree in keeping WA to 190 in their second innings.Hughes is an obvious talking point.In the first innings where conditions were more in the batsmans favour,his 54 came off 61 balls and set the early tempo.In the second,when all batsmen were struggling to make any impression and preserving his wicket was vital,his 115 came off 243 balls.Hes 22, has 14 centuries,the Bradman Medal,Sheffield Shield Cricketer of the Year,Steve Waugh Medalist,youngest centurion in a shield final and youngest twin 100s in a test.Hes the real deal.Its time he was shown respect.

  • bonzerellafella on March 13, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    why didn't western australia receive 2 points in this game for their first innings lead. they would then finish fourth, above victoria.

  • John on March 13, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    Good on ya Hughesey! Hope to see him in the test side for good from now on.

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