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WA and QLD settle for a draw

Western Australia have fought hard for a draw in their Sheffield Shield match against Queensland at the WACA.


A fighting fourth first class century from Sam Whiteman (110) and a maiden first class ton from Aaron Hardie (100 not out) highlights on the final day for WA.


With just 17-overs left in the days play WA were bowled out for 347 setting the visitors a target of 129.


Queensland were on the back foot early as they set off the chase the target and were forced into save the game mode after slumping to be 4-19 after the first six overs.


Matt Kelly (3-11) claimed Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns in his first two overs while Josh Nicholas (2-22) chipped in with two wickets.


Jimmy Peirson settled the ship with an unbeaten 17 to hold a charging WA back as the Bulls finished a 5-54.


Failure to win means Queensland are in third place on the Sheffield Shield table and must defeat South Australia in Adelaide next week and need Victoria to lose or draw their match against Tasmania if they are to meet New South Wales in the final.


WA remain the slimmest of mathematical chances needing to defeat NSW outright and a draw between Victoria and Tasmania and either a draw or a South Australia victory against Queensland in the final round.


IMAGE: cricket.com.au


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