WA beat Tasmania in Shield, move closer to rare double


Western Australia have moved a step closer to achieving a rare double-double after easing to a three-day nine-wicket win over Tasmania to lock-up hosting rights for the Sheffield Shield final.

WA made it six wins from nine Shield matches by dismissing Tasmania for 236, and then racing to 1-82 to avoid play spilling into a fourth day at the WACA.

Winners of the Shield and One-Day Cup last season, Western Australia are again into the finals of both competitions with the 50-over decider against South Australia to take place on Wednesday.

Only NSW in the early 1990s and Western Australia in the 1970s have won the domestic double in consecutive seasons.

Tasmania commenced day three at 1-27, 130 runs in arrears.

Caleb Jewell stymied WA’s hopes throughout the opening half of the day, eventually scoring 121 to follow his ton against the same opponents in last weekend’s One-Day Cup meeting.

Jewell’s second Shield century of the season featured 18 boundaries and lasted 194 balls.

But there was limited support, with only Mac Wright (59) scoring more than 20 for Tasmania, with the pair adding 124 in a defiant third-wicket partnership.

Charlie Stobo, who featured with Mitch Marsh in a record WA 10th-wicket stand on day two, eventually clean bowled opener Jewell to signal the beginning of the end for the Tigers.

Along with Stobo’s 4-57, Joel Paris (3-47) also found himself among the wickets.

Western Australia will round out the regular season by hosting Victoria in a match starting on March 14. 

Victoria, along with Queensland, are jousting for the other spot in the final.

The five-day Shield final will commence on March 23.