Cricket is a game of emotions, thrill and excitement. However, all these factors don’t happen in all the games. The 14th game of the ongoing edition of the Sheffield Shield between Western Australia and South Australia in Perth saw an epic drama as the match ended in a draw. Although the game ended in a draw, there was enough entertainment throughout the game.
The peak battle was witnessed especially in the final over of the game when South Australia were close to a victory in Perth. In fact, they were just a wicket away from sealing the thriller. They had a great chance to seal the deal on the final ball of the game too. However, Western Australia breathed a sigh of relief after getting away with a draw.
Liam O’Connor hardly managed to survive against Chadd Sayers in the match. In what should or could have been a clean dismissal, the ball landed just inches ahead of the fielder. As a result, the ball won the race by landing on the turf while the fielder at slip couldn’t manage to come before in time. Western Australia got lucky as they survived on the final day.
Western Australia survive against South Australia in Perth
The match might not have produced a winner but it had all the necessary entertainment and thrill during the game. It was a pure entertaining contest between the two sides, to say the least. Credit to Western Australia lower-order batting line-up as they survived the opposition’s bowling in a bid to settle for a draw in a thrilling encounter.
South Australian pair – Alex Carey (82*) and Harry Nielsen (67) added a 121-run partnership in the morning session which put them in a comfortable position. Chasing a massive total of 332, the hosts kept losing batsmen every now and then which hampered their hopes of winning the match. They lost half of their batting line-up and were stuttering to score runs.
Western Australia had more than 40 overs to survive with 5 wickets in hand. After the West Australia captain Shaun Marsh (45) got out, the tail got exposed as South Australia managed to get back on track again by picking another 3 wickets. Hilton Cartwright (25), Cameron Gannon (13 not out) and O’Connor (0 not out) batted pretty well.
In the last over, Liam O’Connor had to face six Chadd Sayers balls and it was quite a task with many fielders patrolling from close circle. The right-handed batsman played safely and helped the team pick up a draw.