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Victoria and WA play out draw

A flat Junction Oval wicket has led to a draw in the Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and WA.

WA needed to face 66-overs on the final day to save the game after Victorian skipper Peter Handscomb declared 150 runs ahead at lunch on the final day at 4/616.

Player of the match Handscomb opting out of attempting to reach a triple hundred unbeaten with red ink of 281, his highest first class score and the second highest score ever at the Junction Oval.

Sam Harper also scored his second first class century plus his highest score class score finishing on 124 as record's tumbled on the final day.

The Handscomb/ Harper partnership of 338 is also the highest sixth wicket partnership in Sheffield Shield cricket for Victoria.

WA lost three quick wickets in their second innings to leave the visitors in a tight position at 3/19.

Whiteman (2), Bancroft (6) and Wyllie (11) all succumbed to a mix of good bowling and poor batting.

Hilton Cartwright and Josh Phillipe (24) put WA back on track to play out for the draw before Phillipe was given out caught at short leg in controversial circumstances and Aaron Hardie was a short time later adjudged lbw not offering a shot off a ball that on replay looked like would not go on to hit the stumps.

Cartwright (76 not out) was joined at the crease by Darcy Short (39 not out) the pair pushing WA to into the lead before the players shook hands with 10-overs remaining in the days play.

WA take 1.45 and Victoria 1.38 points away from the first innings bonus points.

The next assignment for WA is a home Sheffield Shield clash against Queensland starting on Monday October 31.

IMAGE: ESPN Cricinfo


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