Western Australia v Queensland, Sheffield Shield 2015-16, WACA February 28, 2016

Paris bowls Western Australia to thrilling win

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Western Australia 6 for 436 dec (Bancroft 171, Harris 65, S Marsh 95) and 5 for 291 dec (S Marsh 109, Klinger 102*) beat Queensland 8 for 446 dec (Labuschagne 103, Lynn 101, Heazlett 89) and 257 (Labuschagne 52, Hemphrey 102, Paris 4-78) by 24 runs

Shaun Marsh scored a 119-ball 109 to go with his first-innings 95 © Getty Images

A four-wicket haul from Joel Paris gave Western Australia a thrilling 24-run win over Queensland, after centuries from Shaun Marsh and Michael Klinger had powered their charge to a third-innings declaration. Paris had replaced Nathan Coulter-Nile in the Western Australia side on the third day of the match.

Chasing 282, Queensland were well on course thanks to Charlie Hemphrey, who added 77 with Marnus Labuschagne (52, 49b, 6x4, 1x6) for the second wicket and 97 with Chris Lynn (44, 68b, 8x4) for the third to take the score to 2 for 182. But wickets fell steadily thereafter, as Queensland slipped to 7 for 228, before Hemphrey and Mark Steketee steadied the chase with a 28-run eighth-wicket stand. With Queensland needing 26 with three wickets in hand, Michael Hogan struck, bowling Hemphrey for 102 (144b, 16x4). The end came in the very next over, as Paris broke through the defences of No. 10 Mitchell Swepson and No. 11 Peter George off successive deliveries.

Western Australia began the day 1 for 79 in their second innings, their lead 69. They lost Cameron Bancroft in the second over of the day, for 45 (95b, 5x4) before Marsh and Klinger took over, adding 149 off 116 balls for the third wicket. Jack Wildermuth then dismissed Marsh for 109 (119b, 11x4, 4x6) and took the wickets of Ashton Agar and Ashton Turner soon after. Western Australia declared on 5 for 291, with Klinger unbeaten on 102 off 86 balls (10x4, 4x6).

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  •   John Biddle on February 29, 2016, 22:10 GMT

    Not even any mention of the watering fiasco? How is doing that in the middle of a game not at least as bad as NSW preparing a poor pitch earlier in the season?

  • Swan on February 29, 2016, 22:00 GMT

    This match should have been stripped of first class status and I'm saying this as a WA supporter. CA did it with Pattinson earlier this season but forcing WA to rest Paris for half a match and play NCN in that time was a disgrace. Logically we should have dropped Moody for NCN instead. Plus the whole farce with the dodgy wicket and the whole playing until 7.00 thing

  • Terry on February 29, 2016, 14:26 GMT

    Well done WA. Presume Justin Langer was told to select NCN and may well have preferred Joel Paris from the start. That said surely it would have been better for Australia if NCN had played the full match and delayed his flight to SA by a day.

  • Danny on February 29, 2016, 12:09 GMT

    Tangles, you forgot about the hour's delay at the start of the last day because an adjoining wicket had been overwatered, then the covering it with hessian while play went on. Eventually, the Bulls were trying to complete their run chase in the twilight zone with the lights just taking effect. Still the 12th man did bowl well.

  • Thomas on February 29, 2016, 11:31 GMT

    The inswinging yorker...still one of my favourite deliveries to watch, especially at the death!

  • Tim on February 29, 2016, 8:58 GMT

    Really happy that Joel Paris bowled really well. He looks like the real deal. Lets hope that he can do that on the world stage should he get the chance.

  • David on February 29, 2016, 3:18 GMT

    3 declarations, a substituted bowler and a batting collapse required to get a result? The WACA curator and administrators have been let off. Should never have been such a good batting wicket.

  • Merv on February 29, 2016, 1:58 GMT

    Good close match. Bancroft's average is now just a tad over 40 and in a year or so he might be ready for Test duties if he can get it closer to or over 50.

  • kieran on February 28, 2016, 20:44 GMT

    The NCN-Paris rotation was quite ridiculous, but it's great to see the young fella in the wickets yet again. I would've loved to have seen him as a bolter for the NZ series, but I'm sure he'll be in the selectors minds over the next few years. Also great to see the test prospectives Lynn & Bancroft in the runs. Marsh continues to show that the last third of his career is when he's finally making the most of his talent; just too late Shaun.

  • King on February 28, 2016, 16:55 GMT

    I'm sure Queensland are thrilled at Paris delivering a match-winning performance as the 12th man of what has traditionally been an 11-man team.

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