Western Australia (414 & 8-306dec) drew with Queensland (424 & 7-290)
Queensland came just short of a thrilling Shield victory over Western Australia at the WACA.
Queensland’s second innings total of 7-290 finished only seven runs shy of a victory, with the match ultimately ending in a draw.
The visitors needed 297 off 38 overs, which became 34 runs off 32 balls late in the final day, yet were unable to secure the win thanks to impressive bowling at the death from Matthew Kelly and Mitch Marsh.
Mitch Marsh’s 141 runs off 209 deliveries in WA’s first innings was the standout batting performance of the contest, which his knock including 23 boundaries.
Marsh’s heroics with the bat were matched with the ball in the final innings of the game, where he took two vital wickets and kept the Bulls at bay towards the final stages of play.
It comes at a timely stage for Marsh, who’s ability as an all-rounder and sudden return to form could catch the eye of Australian selectors.
It was a different story for fellow Australian-aspirant Matthew Renshaw however, who failed to reach 20 runs for his 11th straight domestic innings.
Renshaw registered 18 runs in the first innings and seven runs in the second, a disappointing display after being dropped from the Australian Test side.
Jack Wildermuth and Brendan Doggett each claimed five wickets for WA over the two innings, while Matthew Kelly starred in the second innings for Queensland with 5-60 off 17 overs.
Joe Burns was superb in both innings for the Bulls, notching up 81 and 103 runs in the two innings, with WA batsman Ashton Turner the other centurion alongside Burns and Marsh.
Other contributors with the bat included Jack Wildermuth (95) and Marnus Labuschagne (92 and 72).
Queensland now sit second on the Sheffield Shield points table, with Western Australia third.
New South Wales (243 & 8-256) drew with Victoria (9-562dec & 3-148dec)
Victoria fell two wickets short of claiming victory over New South Wales at North Sydney Oval on Monday.
In a bizarre final day of action, NSW salvaged a draw with stoic defensive tactics, including 13 straight maidens and going 61 overs and 122 runs between singles.
The Blues resumed the final day’s play on 2-46 and with a target of 468 never possible, they elected to play for the draw.
Glenn Maxwell was the star of the game, with an incredible 278 off 318 balls in the first innings making a NSW win impossible.
The dominant knock featured 36 fours and four sixes, reminding national selectors what they are missing by electing not to play the explosive hitter in the Test side for this summer’s Ashes series.
Maxwell also took a wicket in the second innings, in a clear man of the match performance.
Jon Holland was the difference-maker with ball in hand, taking five wickets in the first innings and two more in the second.
Maxwell’s monster total was the sole century of the game, with Aaron Finch (76), Cameron White (66), Marcus Harris (62*), Kurtis Patterson (61) and Steve O’Keefe (50*) the other major contributors.
Victoria remain win-less and in bottom place on the Shield table, while NSW remain top of the standings with three wins and a draw.
Tasmania (282 & 244) defeated South Australia (141 & 243)
Tasmania recorded their first victory of the 2017/18 Sheffield Shield with a 142-run win over South Australia at the Adelaide Oval.
The Redbacks came into the final day on 5-124, with a further 261 required to win, falling short by a long margin.
Jackson Bird orchestrated the upset, with figures of 8-81 across the two innings illustrating his outstanding ability and justifying his place in the 3-man Ashes squad.
Jake Doran starred with the bat for Tasmania, recording 114 runs in the first innings to set up the win, before George Bailey’s second innings total of 86 put the game out of South Australia’s reach.
Adam Zampa took eight wickets for SA in an impressive performance, with Kane Richardson taking six.
With the bat, Callum Ferguson scored 94 runs in a defiant second innings knock, while Travis Head hit a quick-fire 80 in the first.
The victory lifts Tasmania off the bottom of the ladder, while South Australia now sit fourth.