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Blues fall short after ambitious declaration against South Australia

South Australia withstood a final session onslaught from NSW seamers Sean Abbott and Trent Copeland to end their Sheffield Shield opener in a draw.

The Blues were four wickets short, with Jake Lehmann standing firm for the hosts to finish 6-103 at the Adelaide Oval.

Captains knock: Peter Nevill unselfishly declared on day four.

Captains knock: Peter Nevill unselfishly declared on day four. Credit:AAP

NSW skipper Peter Nevill declared with a 252-run lead late on the final day, unselfishly denying himself a potential century as he finished 72 not out what was a definitive captains knock.

The Blues resumed their second innings at 3-84 on day four then slipped to 5-121 when Chadd Sayers claimed the early wickets of nightwatchman Abbott and opener Nick Larkin. NSW eventually declared at 8-279, setting SA a target of 253 in the final session.

Abbott and Copeland claimed three wickets each as the South Australian top order crumbled to 6-74. But No.4 Jake Lehmann dug in with little interest in runs to steady the ship, aided at the other end by Joe Mennie.

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Despite West Australian Josh Philippe reaching his maiden Shield century, Victoria wasted no time on the final day, taking the last four Warriors wickets for an emphatic innings-and-45-run victory.
Victoria controlled the game from the moment captain Peter Handscomb won the toss and elected to bowl. After bowling WA out for 208 and making 504 thanks to 243 from 20-year-old Will Pucovski, it was only rain on the third day that delayed the final result.

Philippe and Josh Inglis (69) put up some fight and while the former did notch his maiden century early on the last day, it took Victoria less than an hour to wrap things up.

WA started Friday at 6-205 and ended up all out for 251 to be 45 runs short of making Victoria bat for a second time.

Chris Tremain finished with 5-100 for Victoria to go with 4-37 from the first innings. Scott Boland also took 4-57, which included three of the four wickets on the final morning.

Jackson Bird gave national selectors a timely reminder of his talent, snaring match figures of 10-77 as Tasmania cruised to a 246-run victory over Queensland in the Sheffield Shield. Bird suggested this week hed be surprised if he ever donned the baggy green again but the reliable right-armers form at the Gabba suggests he might yet be in the selection conversation this summer.

The man of the match rocked Queensland with a first-innings haul of 5-35 from 19 overs then backed it up with figures of 5-42 as the Bulls were rolled for 93 yesterday morning. The 31-year-old grabbed five of six wickets to fall as the defending champions crashed to a heavy defeat.

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