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February 19, 2012
Western Australia 5 for 560 dec (Davis 303*, Voges 178) defeated New South Wales 91 and 146 (Hauritz 44, Beer 7-46) by an innings and 323 runs
Michael Beer took 7 for 46, his first haul of more than three wickets in a first-class innings, after Liam Davis had soared to a triple century as Western Australia minced New South Wales by an innings and 323 runs in the Sheffield Shield match in Perth.
The result, the biggest margin of victory in Western Australia's history, took the Warriors to the top of the Shield table, pending the result of the match in Hobart between Tasmania and Queensland. It was also a wretchedly low moment in an unhappy season for the Blues.
Nathan Hauritz and Shane Watson provided the only token resistance as the visitors were rounded up cheaply a second time, Michael Hogan and Nathan Coulter-Nile taking the early wickets of Phillip Hughes and Usman Khawaja before Beer worked his way through the rest to finish with seven.
Watson's 31 concluded a fair return to first-class cricket after a stubborn calf problem, but it was an unhappier time for Brad Haddin, who popped a return catch to Beer to complete a pair for the match.
Lacking Marcus North due to a finger dislocation that required surgery, the Warriors went on to 5 for 560 before declaring, after Davis took his chance to pass 300. On 299 he swung the ball to fine leg, where Timm Van der Gugten dropped the catch and allowed the ball to reach the boundary. Davis' stand with Adam Voges reached 379 before Voges was out to Nathan Hauritz. The partnership was Western Australia's third largest of all time.
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