Queensland v Western Australia, Sheffield Shield 2015-16, Gabba, 3rd day March 17, 2016

Queensland loss sends Redbacks into final

ESPNcricinfo staff

Western Australia 380 (Cartwright 92, Marsh 74, Nicholas 68, Voges 52, Hopes 3-60) beat Queensland 147 and 227 (Lynn 80, Hogan 4-58, Rimmington 3-53) by an innings and 6 runs
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File photo: Chris Lynn made a brisk 80 from 46 balls © Getty Images

South Australia will contest the Sheffield Shield final for the first time in 20 years, after Queensland bowed out of contention with an innings defeat at the hands of Western Australia. The result means that the Redbacks will face either Victoria or New South Wales in the decider, depending on the outcome of the ongoing match between those two sides.

The Gabba match marked the retirement of Queensland's veteran allrounder James Hopes, while Western Australia's fast bowler Michael Hogan farewelled Australian domestic cricket with a victory. The third morning began with the Warriors at 8 for 337 in their first innings, and they added a further 43 runs for the loss of their last two wickets as Hilton Cartwright moved to 92 and Josh Nicholas made 68.

That left the Bulls needing 233 in their second innings to make Western Australia bat again, but they were dismissed in the afternoon for 227, losing by an innings and six runs.

Hopes played a typically fighting innings to score 45, after Chris Lynn raced to 80 from 46 balls, including five sixes. Hogan ended up with the best figures for Western Australia in his last innings of Sheffield Shield bowling, taking 4 for 58.

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