Western Australia won the Sheffield shield after 23 long years on Monday (April 4). The match’s original result was drawn but due to the first-innings lead rule, Western Australia was given the title. Western Australia made 386 runs in the first innings with the top scorer being wicketkeeper-batsman Cameron Bancroft. The veteran batter scored 141 crucial runs.
In return, Victoria was not able to surpass that score and got bundled out on 306 runs. Their top scorer was Peter Handscomb. The skipper made 80 runs but his efforts were not enough as Western Australia got the first-innings lead.
Joel Paris and Aaron Hardie were the picks of the bowlers picking 3 wickets each. The man of the match was given to Sam Whiteman who made 85 runs in the first innings and 123 in the second innings. Sam made sure that the team doesn’t get out in the 2nd innings and also made a handy contribution in the first innings.
Sam Whiteman was also Western Australia’s highest run-scorer with 641 runs at a consistent average of 58.27 runs.
Scott Boland who has also represented Australia was the highest wicket-taker of the winning team. The brilliant bowler took 26 wickets and was also the tournament’s third-highest wicket-taker.
This result in Perth made sure Western Australia got a clean sweep in Australia’s every domestic competition. They won 50 overs Marsh cup and also Perth scorchers won the BBL title under the watchful captaincy of Mitch Marsh and now winning the Sheffield trophy after 23 long years under the captaincy of his brother Shaun Marsh.
Since joining the Sheffield Shield in 1947–48, Western Australia has won the competition 15 times, second only to New South Wales in that period.