New South Wales clinch Sheffield Shield
New South Wales clinched the Sheffield Shield thanks to a starring role played by Steven Smith and co. against Western Australia, which is the Blues’ first since 2008.
The Blues only needed a draw to seal the title in the five-day final. They were in command of the match after scoring 447 in their first innings before dismissing the Warriors for 180.
NSW reached 197 for four in their second innings on the final day in Canberra, with Smith unbeaten on 103, ending WA’s hopes of a first title since 1999. Most of day four was washed out.