Bancroft double-ton seals WA's final berth
New South Wales 407 (Henriques 145, Maddinson 98) drew with Western Australia 4 for 483 declared (Bancroft 211, Klinger 161, Voges 83)
Cameron Bancroft's maiden first-class double-century ensured Western Australia collected an innings lead against New South Wales in Perth, and with it, sealed the team's place in Saturday's final against Victoria.
New South Wales needed an outright win to stand a chance to go ahead of Western Australia to second in the table, but a mammoth partnership between Bancroft and Michael Klinger on the penultimate day meant that a draw was the most likely result. The pair put up a Sheffield Shield record 324 runs for the second wicket, batting together for 139 overs.
Klinger was the first to go, dismissed for 161 after hitting 20 fours and two sixes, but Bancroft carried on, making his way to 211 and added a further 147 with Adam Voges, who stroked 83. It meant that three of the top five run-getters of the season all belong to Western Australia.
It took the team to 4 for 483, earning them a lead of 76, after which they declared.