Victoria v Qld, Sheffield Shield, Melbourne, 4th day March 14, 2014

Quiney ton keeps Queensland out of final

ESPNcricinfo staff

Victoria 210 and 2 for 314 (Quiney 143*, Stoinis 74) drew with Queensland 8 for 483 dec

An unbeaten century from Rob Quiney denied Queensland the victory they needed to reach the Sheffield Shield final and ensured Western Australia would play in their first decider for 15 years. After New South Wales wrapped up the right to host the final early on Friday with their win over the Warriors, all the attention turned to the MCG, where the Bulls had to secure victory to jump ahead of Western Australia and into the final.

But Queensland were unable to run through Victoria in their second innings as Quiney and Marcus Stoinis (74) put on 148 for the second wicket before David Hussey joined Quiney for an unbeaten 54-run stand. Play was eventually called off with the Bushrangers sitting at 2 for 314, by which time they had a 41-run lead and Queensland had no hope of pulling off the miracle they required.

Quiney finished unbeaten on 143, which was his only century for the Sheffield Shield season. The drawn match meant Queensland ended the season in fourth position on the points table, while Victoria were last, having recorded only one win.