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

Queensland loss sends Redbacks into final

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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

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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  • Craig on March 18, 2016, 5:03 GMT

    I am liking the next gen of players that most states exposed this year. Augers well for the state of shield and test cricket well into the future. Names like Cartwright, Renshaw, Heazlett, Lehmann, Moody, Webster, Nicholas and Harry Conway all have big futures IMHO.

  • Craig on March 18, 2016, 4:58 GMT

    Tim Blake. No to Dunk. I know he topped the batting. But he got almost all those runs in the first half of the season. Could not buy a run coming home. The Qld youngster Matt Renshaw gets my other opener's vote.

  • Craig on March 18, 2016, 4:52 GMT

    Hilton Cartwright continues to impress. Can see him playing in the big time. Hats off to a terrific career by James Hopes..a bloke who never knew the word surrender. Warriors workhorse Michael Hogan also bows out. Another ex Blue who made good switching states.

  • Peter on March 17, 2016, 19:09 GMT

    Top effort in the field, James Hopes, in your career. A class act. stay involved in cricket!

  •   Tim Blake on March 17, 2016, 15:31 GMT

    Team of 15/16 1. Bancroft 2. Dunk 3. Patterson 4. Head (c) 5. Bailey 6. Hopes 7. Hartley 8. Paris 9. Mennie 10. Bird 11. Ahmemd

    This is based on their stats. Patterson could be renshaw.

    Hopes could be stoinis or wildermuth Paris could be hogan

  • Merv on March 17, 2016, 10:49 GMT

    The QLD team gambled on winning the toss on a Day 1 green top, lost and were sent in and it was all over after the first day. Pity, as Hopes is a class allrounder who deserved higher honours.

  •   Jono Makim on March 17, 2016, 8:41 GMT

    A blow for the young Queenslanders but I'm sure it will toughen them up for next season, they've had a great summer for such a young side, they are going to miss Hopes though. Perhaps he'll find a mentoring/coaching role with the team.

  • Chris on March 17, 2016, 7:46 GMT

    Sad to see Hopes and Hogan go, both very consistent performers for their states. QLD will miss Hopes' wicket taking ability thats for sure. Surprised that big Billy Stanlake wasn't playing instead of Steketee, hope he's not injured.

  • Terry on March 17, 2016, 7:34 GMT

    Good luck to Michael Hogan and James Hopes who have done a lot for their states. Positive for WA with the likes of Bancroft, Whiteman, Paris, Cartwright etc coming through but obviously the one wicket defeat by SA the week before killed them. Qld also doing well bringing through young players like Renshaw, Heazlett, Swepson etc but this must win game against a team with nothing to play for turned into a bit of a disaster ..... perhaps Joe Burns should have gone on holiday a week earlier after a long summer.

  • Tim on March 17, 2016, 7:13 GMT

    A good consolation win for WA I suppose. Cartwright seems to be developing into a reliably good player, Nicholas looks promising (turns out hes a All Round Pacer), as does Richardson. Good last Shield games for Hopes and Hogan. Ill miss them both.

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