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WA end Shield drought



Western Australia has ended it's long Sheffield Shield drought, claiming the first class domestic title at the WACA on Monday.


The teams shook hands at lunch time on the fifth and final day, a drawn result sealing WA's first Shield title since 1998-99.


Western Australia won the match courtesy of being ahead on bonus points secured in the first 100 overs of the first innings of the match, securing 1.67 points to Victoria's 1.44 in what was a hard fought contest for the majority of the match.


Centuries to Sam Whiteman (123) and Aaron Hardie (174*) made a certainty of the result after the home side secured an 80 run first innings lead, losing just one wicket in the opening session of the final day with Joel Paris (21) trapped in front by a Jon Holland yorker.


Matt Kelly (21*) added an unbroken 65 with Hardie, the young all-rounder taking his score from 119 to 174 in a knock that announces him as a player of utmost potential in WA and Australian cricket, striking 25 fours and one six on his way to his highest first class score.


Victoria fought hard but were left to rue their inability to capture the bonus points in their favour on day three, falling 24 runs short of leading the game on first innings after 100 overs which allowed WA to dictate the remainder of the match.


Sam Whiteman was declared player of the match, his double of 85 and 123 crucial to the outcome of the game.


The Shield win was WA's first Sheffield Shield triumph since March 1999, Shaun Marsh leading his state to glory in his 22nd season.


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