JLT Sheffield Shield 2018-19

Western Australia clinch Shield triumph

A century from Matthew Wade wasn't enough for Tasmania as Western Australia stayed in contention for a place in the Shield final

AAP

15 March 2019, 06:22 PM AEST

WA stay in contention for spot in Shield final

Matthew Wade notched a brilliant century for Tasmania, but it wasn't enough to stop Western Australia posting a crucial JLT Sheffield Shield win in Hobart.

The former Test wicketkeeper hit 137 as the Tigers were all out for 402 late on day four in pursuit of 454 for victory.

The Shield table makes interesting reading with one round remaining
The Shield table makes interesting reading with one round remaining

Wade, who provided national selectors with another reminder of his long-form credentials, gave the Tigers a sniff of an unlikely win with his second ton of the Shield season.

He was cautious early but picked up the pace on either side tea and smacked four sixes, including two into the second tier at Blundstone Arena.

Wade shared a 183-run with Ben McDermott (69) but it came undone when he edged David Moody to second slip.

Wade produces brilliant Shield innings

McDermott was caught behind not long afterwards to virtually scuttle the Tigers' chances.

The 51-run win means the Warriors remain in the hunt for a Shield final berth, after second-placed NSW lost to ladder leaders Victoria earlier this round.

The Tigers, who equalled their biggest fourth-innings total, needed to win to stay in touch with the top two.

Tasmania resumed on Friday at 0-54, needing another 400 runs for victory.

Their day got off to the worst possible start, with openers Jordan Silk and Alex Doolan out inside the opening two overs without adding to their overnight scores of 20.

 

Joel Paris finished with 3-64, while Mitch Marsh picked up 3-76, backing up his 3-21 from the first innings.

Test skipper Tim Paine (47) was the last man out after being demoted behind Jackson Bird as the Tigers chased quick runs.

Tasmania were behind the eight-ball after scoring 197 in their first innings in reply to the Warriors' 367.

Tasmania: Jordan Silk, Alex Doolan, Charlie Wakim, Matthew Wade (c), Sean Willis, Ben McDermott, Tim Paine, Alex Pyecroft, Jackson Bird, Gabe Bell, Riley Meredith

WA: Cameron Bancroft, Sam Whiteman, Josh Inglis (wk), Mitchell Marsh (c), Hilton Cartwright, Josh Philippe, D'Arcy Short, Joel Paris, Matthew Kelly, Liam Guthrie, David Moody