NSW v WA, Sheffield Shield, Canberra, 4th day March 14, 2014

New South Wales to host Shield final

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New South Wales 186 and 7 for 213 (Smith 89, North 3-61) beat Western Australia 82 and 316 by 3 wickets

New South Wales will host the Sheffield Shield final in Canberra after their captain Steven Smith played a key role in steering them to a tense three-wicket win over Western Australia.

However, the Warriors finished the match knowing that they could well be the other team in next week's decider - the only other contenders were Queensland, who were facing an uphill battle to earn the necessary win over Victoria in Melbourne.

The final morning at Manuka Oval began with New South Wales needing 110 more runs to reach their target of 213 and secure the home final; Western Australia required eight wickets for a win of their own, which would have set up a WACA decider.

The loss of Ben Rohrer, Kurtis Patterson and Peter Nevill before the total had reached 140 gave Western Australia hope, and Marcus North then chipped in with his third wicket, that of Sean Abbott, to leave the Blues six wickets down and still 55 runs from their goal.

But Smith kept the runs coming for New South Wales, although his departure for 89 on the stroke of lunch left New South Wales needing 25 more runs after the break from their final four batsmen. Steve O'Keefe (31 not out) and Nathan Lyon (8 not out) got them home to secure the win.

The final will be held at Manuka Oval in Canberra because the SCG is unavailable due to a Major League Baseball game. Four teams entered the final round with a chance of reaching the decider, but South Australia's loss to Tasmania ruled them out on Thursday.

After the match, Cricket Australia said in a statement that Lyon and Shaun Marsh had each been fined 20% of their match fee following an incident that occurred during Western Australia's second innings. Lyon won an lbw call against Marsh from umpire Paul Wilson, who then signalled that he was overturning his own decision and called Marsh back to the crease.

Marsh appeared to show the edge of his bat to Wilson before the overturning, which led to Marsh being reported under the Code of Behaviour for "showing dissent at an umpire's decision". Lyon responded by kicking the stumps at the bowler's end, which brought a report for "abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings".

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  • rob on March 18, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    I was wondering what people think about Clarke being unavailable. I've got 2 thoughts on it but they're at odds with each other. The first one is it's a bit unfair on the player he replaces. How would you feel? On the other hand it's good for the boys to play against one of the worlds best batsmen. If they can make him work hard for any runs he might have got then they've done a really good job. .. I think I would have liked to see how he went but I still feel sorry for the other guy.

  • Andrew on March 17, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    4 days out from the Shield Final & no reports?

  • John on March 15, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Thanks for the response, Meety and Beertje. The current Oz management has really turned things around in a very positive way. Some of their decisions still astound me. (That is probably a good thing, I suppose.)

  • Mashuq on March 14, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    @StarveTheLizard on (March 14, 2014, 8:17 GMT) Invers has avoided answering the question in press interviews. In a chat with him at Centurion I offered SO'K's name as the second spinner in the UAE after canvassing the other contenders. I won't claim any credit if he does get picked but he surely deserves it!

  • Richard on March 14, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    @wouldlovetoplayagain on (March 14, 2014, 6:08 GMT). Last time it happened was 06/07 when Tasmania and New South Wales met twice in a row in Hobart.

  • Andrew on March 14, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    @StarveTheLizard on (March 14, 2014, 8:17 GMT) - not completely true, but near enuff. When you role out the stats as consistantly well as SO'K has & only has a few 20/20s to his name - it is quite fishy.I think his problem is - that NSW often go into matches with plenty of bowling options & SO'K has a very low deliveries per match, compared to all other spinners. I am a fan of Lyon & believe Lyon is our best spinner, but when Lyon was dropped SO'K had to be the man. Funny he has better 20/20 stats than the undroppable Doherty!

  • Basil on March 14, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    Must be hard for OKeefe. He takes 11 wickets in his previous game, and then gets totally under bowled, and has to play second fiddle to returning Test bowler, Lyon, who is an inferior bowler, all because the selectors don't like him. His FC record is impeccable. If he does not get chosen for the Pakistan series it will be a great injustice to OKeefe, and to the Australian team and supporters as we must choose our best XI for the conditions. We didn't in India and it hurt us big time, let's not do it again.

  • Andrew on March 14, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Just a quick one - pretty good effort from WA to only lose by 3 wickets after scoring 82!!!!!

  • Andrew on March 14, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Nathan Lyon is the Not-for king! Pretty sure since the Gabba Test - only Morkel & Elgar @ Port Elizabeth have gotten him out!!!! Good to see that type of fight from a #11 (albeit #9 here). == == == Hopefully will be a good quality final that goes 5 days!

  • Dan on March 14, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    What a total disgrace. How the hell has Cricket Australia allowed the demotion of the grand final of domestic cricket (our national sport) to a round-robin American baseball fixture? NSW cricket should lose the home advantage entirely for allowing such a travesty.

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