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WA and Victoria play out tame draw



WA played out a third successive Sheffield Shield stalemate, reaching an inevitable draw against Victoria at Karen Rolton Oval on Wednesday.


Captains Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb shook hands at the Tea break with Victoria 4-199 in their second innings, leading by 134 runs after WA secured a 65 run first innings lead on day three.


A draw seemed almost certain from the opening salvos of the day, Victoria resuming at 0-61 with in form opening pair Will Pucovski (32*) and Marcus Harris (24*) at the crease.


Pucovski's golden run ended after back to back double centuries to start the summer, adjudged LBW to Cameron Gannon for 38 inside the opening hour of play.


Harris laboured to 45 from 150 balls before departing to Aaron Hardie before the lunch break.


Handscomb made 27 batting at number three but edged Gannon behind in the second over after lunch having made 27 to give WA a faint hope of forcing a positive result with the score 3-130 only leading by 65 runs.


Nic Maddinson and Matt Short put the result beyond doubt by batting for 25 overs together, Maddinson bowled by Hardie for 39 having soaked up 99 deliveries.


The teams shook hands just over four overs later, Short unbeaten on 32 and wicketkeeper Sam Harper on 2.


Just 18 wickets fell over the four days from the 344 overs sent down across both teams, another benign surface for the bowlers that offered little in terms of pace, bounce or spin.


WA heads in to the Big Bash break with only one win from four matches, with three straight draws against New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria following their first up win over South Australia.


Victoria have recorded consecutive draws after a delayed start to their campaign under new coach Chris Rogers, having observed two weeks of quarantine upon arrival in Adelaide.


New South Wales completed a remarkable come from behind victory on the final day of their match against Tasmania at Gladys Elphick Park, bowling out the Tigers for 202 chasing 348 for victory.


It came after being bowled out on the opening day for 64, second innings centuries for Nick Larkin, Moises Henriques and Sean Abbott putting them back in the ascendency before Mitch Starc and Nathan Lyon each claimed 3 wickets to help bowl Tasmania out for 202.


South Australian batsman Callum Ferguson fell for 97 in his final first class innings for his state as the Redbacks slumped to a 62 run loss at Glenelg Oval, Harry Nielsen with a fine century in a losing cause as leg-spinner Mitch Swepson cleaned up the tail in the final hour of the match.


The Sheffield Shield now moves in to recess, with the Big Bash League set to begin in early December.


IMAGE: Cricket Australia.


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