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Paris bowls WA to victory



A five wicket haul from left arm quick Joel Paris has helped Western Australia to a crushing 247 run victory over Victoria at the WACA Ground on Sunday.


Paris claimed 5-30 to go with his first innings century, claiming the first three wickets to fall inside the opening hour of day four as the visitors collapsed to defeat an hour after the lunch break.


Victoria resumed at 1-43 needing a mammoth 454 to win, Paris removing both overnight batsmen Marcus Harris (22) and Peter Handscomb inside the opening half hour.


Harris edged behind to Josh Inglis to fall to the WA left-armer for the second time in the match, before Handscomb departed caught at fine leg on the hook shot for the second consecutive innings, Matt Kelly juggling the catch to send the Victorian captain on his way.


Victoria's hopes were dashed when Nic Maddinson (5) was trapped in front by Paris, the visitors 4-63.


Matt Short and Seb Gotch fought hard to add 69 runs for fifth wicket, batting for an hour before Short gloved down the leg side off Matt Kelly for 37.


The end came swiftly after lunch as Paris returned to the attack with Lance Morris for company, the latter having Gotch caught behind for 35 and Paris removing Will Sutherland caught at slip by Marsh for 14.


Scott Boland and James Pattinson played their shots to delay the inevitable, Pattinson limping with an apparent leg injury sustained while fielding on the third day.


Pattinson became Paris' fifth victim when he gave Marsh another catch at slip having made 15, Boland giving part time spinner Jake Carder a scalp when he picked out Kelly at mid-off after making 19.


It was all over in the next over as Cameron Gannon claimed the final wicket of Mitchell Perry (16), WA convincing winners in a match they controlled from day two onwards.


Paris was player of the match for his starring all-round role, having recorded his maiden first class ton on the second day to go with six wickets for the game.


Marsh's side claimed 6.98 points from the contest to move to third on the Shield table with a round remaining, a win over Tasmania giving them a sniff at the Sheffield Shield final for 2020-21.


IMAGE: 7 News.



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