Victoria v WA, Sheffield Shield, Melbourne, 4th day November 2, 2013

Gritty North secures draw for Warriors

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Victoria 312 (White 83, Behrendorff 4-62) and 8 for 338 dec (Quiney 89, White 61) drew with Western Australia 270 (Rogers 95, Fawad Ahmed 6-68) and 8 for 244 (North 118*, White 4-35)

Reinventing himself as an opening batsman, Marcus North ground out a century to frustrate Victoria and secure a draw for Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield match at the MCG.

The legspinner Fawad Ahmed was unable to repeat his first-innings success, toiling without reward as North soaked up 314 balls and more than six hours to ensure the Bushrangers would not take maximum points from their opening fixture.

Victoria's major bowling threat on the final afternoon turned out to be the former captain Cameron White, who showed the confidence currently coursing through his batting had started to stretch into his seldom-used wrist spin by plucking four wickets.

North's defiance had looked like taking WA quite comfortably to safety for most of the day, particularly during a lengthy partnership with the former Australia Under-19s captain, Will Bosisto. However, White's wickets set up a tight finish, and North was ultimately relieved to walk off the MCG at the close with WA eight wickets down.

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  • Mark on November 3, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    @Mitty2 I would say both Siddle and Boland both bowled way too many short balls in that last session. When you need 2 wickets to win with 200 odd runs in your pocket, bowling short balls slightly outside off which are easily left will not get you a wicket! You could see the plan with short fielders but it wasn't working. Bowl fuller at the stumps and try to get the wickets. It's not rocket surgery, just ask Craig McDermott.

  • Hamish on November 2, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Pretty terrible umpiring if I do say. Unlucky Vics. North should've been out twice with two plumb LBW decisions that were turned down. White bowled superbly and should've had 6 wickets if a ball going to hit middle of middle counts as LBW. White's catch was amazing, his bowling was pretty much the same, and his batting again, the same. Really the best player of the Shield so far and the Ryobi out of everyone. But there would be an uproar if he was selected. Read Jarrod Kimber's article on White's leadership and ability, and compare it to his results so far, and really he warrants a spot in at least the ODI team.

    In other good news Siddle bowled really really well and was unlucky not to take more. Got a few close LBW's against him as well. Handscomb's a future prospect so good to see him performing.

    @Avirup, alright, just ignore the fact that he got a 6 wicket haul the innings before... But yes Lyon was always ahead of him.

  • Android on November 2, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    I don't know why fawad didn't get a wicket where white took 4.Disappointing outing for him.elsewhere talent like boyce took 7,all the spinners did well. can white had a great game so was for sidds. handscomb and wade also did well both will come oz set up very soon.All the games finished wrll. in a whole after game 1 its Lyon>fawad.