Sheffield Shield 2016-17
Behrendorff seals spot in history with 14
Jason Behrendorff's incredible nine-wicket haul in first innings backed up on day two with second-innings five to enter list of all-time great returns
26 February 2017, 10:10 PM AEST
Western Australia have claimed a huge innings and 38 run against Victoria inside two days at the WACA Ground, with Jason Behrendorff completing a scarcely-believable match that yielded 14 wickets.
Behrendorff finished the match with 14-89, the ninth best match return in the 125-year history of Sheffield Shield cricket. His match figures are the second best in Shield history for WA, behind only Terry Alderman's 14-87 against NSW in 1981, which are the top two in the post-war era.
The tall left-armer had run through the Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers on the opening day to the tune of 9-37. And after the Alcohol.ThinkAgain Western Warriors were themselves bowled out for 285 shortly after lunch on the second day, Behrendorff was quickly back amongst the wickets.
The Bushrangers were quickly reduced to 3-14 inside the first seven overs to have Behrendorff on track to overhaul the Shield's best ever match haul of 16-186 set by South Australia's George Giffen way back in 1895.
Cameron Green's 3-20 and wickets to David Moody and Hilton Cartwright put paid to hopes of a new best-ever record, but Behrendorff returned to mop up the tail with the final two wickets to seal his incredible 14-wicket haul.
Behrendorff took 5-52 at the WACA on Sunday to help dismiss Victoria for 130 in their second dig, after his first-innings nine-wicket haul reduced the Bushrangers to be all out for 117 on Saturday.
The innings and 38-run outright win has lifted the Warriors to second on the Shield table.
The left-armer's 9-37 were the fifth-best figures in the history of the competition and the best figures in the Shield in half a century - Ian Brayshaw took 10-61 for WA against Victoria in 1967.
Thank you to everyone for all the support, yesterday was an amazing day & it feels good to be back playing. Now to get those 6 points!— Jason Behrendorff (@JDorff5) February 26, 2017
With his side leading by 168 runs on the first innings, Behrendorff snared three wickets inside the first seven overs of Victoria's second innings.
Aaron Finch played a lone hand for the visitors with an unbeaten 65 as his teammates were outclassed by Behrendorff and teenage prodigy Cameron Green (3-20).
Behrendorff removed Travis Dean (2), Marcus Harris (10) and Marcus Stoinis (1) inside his first four overs on Sunday after the Bushrangers had earlier dismissed the Warriors for 285, a lead of 168.
The left-arm quick, who was playing his first professional match after a three-month injury layoff, had each of his victims caught behind the wicket, with Dean edging to Cameron Bancroft at second slip and Harris and Stoinis both offering catches to Ashton Turner at third.
Cameron White (6) threw away his wicket five minutes before the tea break, slashing at a wide delivery from Green.
Warriors veteran Michael Klinger took a stunning catch in the gully to remove tailender Jon Holland and give Behrendorff his fourth wicket of the innings, before the 26-year-old fast bowler trapped No.11 Scott Boland lbw.
Earlier on Sunday, Green clubbed an entertaining 45 off 49 balls, including three giant sixes, to help extend WA's first innings lead after opener Jon Wells (70) was out in the second over of the day without adding to his overnight score.
James Pattinson and Chris Tremain each claimed three wickets for the Bushrangers.
"To get Jason Behrendorff back at this back-end of the season has been crucial, he was absolutely brilliant," WA skipper Adam Voges said.
"You get a bloke take 14 wickets in a game, you're going to win more than you lose.
"There's a lot of confidence in the changerooms at the moment. To beat a very good Victorian team, who are on top of the table by a fair bit, to win inside two days is a huge effort."
Behrendorff was blown away on Saturday when made aware his first innings was the best Shield bowling figures in 50 years.
"When the boys told me it was the best figures in 50 years and the second best from a West Australian, you don't come out to do that in cricket," Behrendorff said.
"I was just happy to come back and be playing again and if I could take a few wickets I would have been stoked. To take nine was something else."
A disappointed White expected his side to rebound for their return clash with WA in Alice Springs, starting March 8.
"That was a touch embarrassing ... we were just totally outplayed," White said.
"We play WA again, so that will be a good test of character for us. I wish the match started in a few days, to be honest.
"We've played some good cricket this year. We know the conditions well in Alice Springs, so we'll be up for the contest."
Sheffield Shield top 10 match figures
George Giffen (SA) 16-186 v NSW, January 1895 Clarrie Grimmett (SA) 16-289 v Qld, December 1934 Chuck Fleetwood-Smith (Vic) 15-96 v Qld, December 1936 Tom McKibbin (NSW) 15-125 v SA, December 1986 George Giffen (SA) 15-185 v Victoria, February 1903 Chuck Fleetwood-Smith (Vic) 15-226 v NSW, January 1935 Bill O'Reilly (NSW) 14-45 v QLD, December 1939 Terry Alderman (WA) 14-87 v NSW, October 1981 Jason Behrendorff (WA) 14-89 v Victoria, February 2017 Bill O'Reilly (NSW) 14-98 v SA, December 1937
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