No play to due rain which has plagued Sydney over the last month. Play
was abandoned at 10.35 local time.
Play finally got under way in the match in Sydney, and by the close NSW
were 2/96 with Davison not out 34, Patterson not out 21. Three hours play
was possible, and the small NSW opener Davison scored his runs off 150
Arnberger went for 5 low to Julian and Moody picked up the prized scalp
of Bevan caught behind for 21.
Declarations all round were the name of the game at the SCG as first NSW
then WA declared in the same day to open up the chance for an outright
NSW declared on 5/201 with Greg Matthews top scoring with 58 not out.
Davison compiled a very slow half century as NSW generously offered some
to the visitors fading Shield hopes. WA in reply started disasterously
losing 3/16, with Matthews doing the damage picking up Veletta, Goodwin
and Martyn all for ducks.
However a steady partnership of 134 guided WA 3/150 whereupon they
declared giving NSW first innings points, which are fairly meaningless as
far as NSW are concerned.
By the close NSw were 2/61 with a overall lead of 112, with Michael Bevan
not out on 32.
WA kept its vague Shield hopes alive with an outright win over NSW. Set
204 for victory after removing NSW in their second innings for 152, WA
clinched outright points by four wickets. The heroes on the final day
were Tom moody who ruined the middle order taking 4/42. Firstly he
reomved Bevan for 44 and then picked up Matthews (5), Lee (17) and Emery
(3) to help rout NSW. Jo Angel picked up 3/34 from 14 overs with Reid
chipping in for 2/48.
Set 204, WA were inreal strife early being 3/18, with Matthews getting
Mike Veletta for a pair and Lavender for two. Matthews had taken the new
ball, and was bowling well but the Western Australians steadied getting
65 before Thompson picked up Moody for 25.
Goodwin (33) who was looking good after his first innings duck also became a
Matthews victim and WA were in some trouble at 5/85.
Gilchrist was joined by Hogg and the pair went into aggressive mode
adding 54 before Gilchrist went for a well made 45. Wa were 6/139 needing
a further 65 for victory when Julian joined Hogg, whose previous innings
this season in Shield cricket had yielded on 144 runs at 16.00 .
Nevertheless these two backed their judgement and and steered WA victory
with Hogg (50*) and Julian (32*) adding an unbeaten 65 for the seventh wicket.
Thus WA are still in their with a chance, needing at least outright
points in Melbourne to have any hope of making the Sheffield Shield final.