Maiden first-class double century of Cameron Bancroft said Western Australia collects a plus innings against New South Wales in Perth, and with it sealed the team’s place in Saturday’s final against Victoria.
New South Wales needed an outright win to have a chance to get ahead of Western Australia to second in the table, but an alliance between the mammoth Bancroft and Michael Klinger on the penultimate day meant that a draw was the most likely outcome. The couple made a record 324 Sheffield Shield runs for the second wicket, batting together for 139 overs.
Klinger was the first to go, dismissed for 161 after hitting 20 fours and two sixes, but Bancroft continued, making his way to 211 and added 147 with Adam Voges others who stroked 83. This meant that three of the five top term -getters season all belong to Western Australia.
He led the team to 4 per 483, gaining a lead of 76, after which they are declared.