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Green 197 helps WA to draw



Cameron Green fell agonisngly short of a maiden first class double century, dismissed for 197 as the final day of the Sheffield Shield match between Western Australia and New South Wales petered out in to a tame draw at Gladys Elphick Park.


Matt Kelly provided some stunning first session hitting in making a run a ball 89, helping WA to a first innings lead of 91 before New South Wales saw off a determined bowling attack to finish at 2-107, the teams shaking hands on the drawn result at tea.


All eyes were on the precociously talented Green heading in to the last day , the 21 year old undefeated on 185 having batted through the entire third days play.


He took a back seat in the first hour, adding only ten runs as number nine Kelly blazed his way to a maiden first class century.


Having begun the day on 27 Kelly smashed seven sixes in a remarkable display of six hitting, eventually dismissed for 89 looking to clear the boundary rope once more off Sean Abbott.


Having laboured towards his double ton Green was adjudged LBW three short of the coveted landmark, despite evidence of an inside edge, leaving the field visibly aggrieved.


It gave Abbott a richly deserved five wicket haul, finishing with six wickets when last man Liam Guthrie (8*) spooned a catch to Nathan Lyon, WA all out for 534.


Cameron Gannon struck in the last over before lunch to dismiss Daniel Hughes for two and give Western Australia hope, but Nick Larkin and Kurtis Patterson steadied proceedings, batting for 26 overs together in adding 72 to dent any hopes of a miraculous victory for Shaun Marsh's side.


Patterson fell to Ashton Agar for 48, the final wicket of the match as the teams shook hands at Tea with New South Wales 2-107, Moses Henriques unbeaten on 15 and Larkin on 33.


New South Wales walked away from the contest with 2.16 points, while Western Australia secured 2.11 points in a match dominated by the bat.


Abbott was player of the match, having scored an unbeaten 60* in the Blues first innings and taken 6-89 from 32.5 overs in a lion hearted bowling performance on a docile deck.


The other Shield match between South Australia and Tasmania also finished in a draw, Redbacks skipper Travis Head making an unbeaten 171 to lead his team to safety.


IMAGE: ESPN Cricinfo.

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