Sheffield Shield, Queensland v Western Australia March 17, 2013

Hopes sweeps away Western Australia

ESPNcricinfo staff

Queensland 164 (Pomersbach 57, Cockley 4-50) and 9 for 336 dec (Neser 77, Burns 76, Harris 54*, Duffield 4-83, Cockley 3-87) beat Western Australia 228 (M Hussey 96, Harris 6-58) and 152 (Hopes 4-42) by 120 runs

Queensland swept to victory over Western Australia on the final day at the WACA ground to clinch a place in the Sheffield Shield final, where they have the chance to defend last year's title.

James Hopes, Ryan Harris and Nathan Hauritz were the chief wicket-takers for the Bulls as WA never threatened their fourth innings target of 273. Both sides needed an outright win to clamber across a tightly packed Shield table and reach the final, and it was the visitors who were rewarded for fighting hard and well after a poor start to the match.

Still catching up from their first innings dismissal for 164, the Bulls began the day with a narrow lead and only four wickets in hand, but half centuries from Michael Neser and Ryan Harris stretched the advantage so effectively that Hopes was granted the luxury of declaring at lunch.

The Warriors quickly slipped to 5 for 71 and this time there were to be no late order heroics from the hosts, who had pushed themselves into contention for a spot in the final with a trio of remarkable comeback wins in the three rounds prior to this one.