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Stoinis and Turner enable Western Australia to hang on

ESPNCricInfo
10 Dec 2018, 18:42 GMT+10

Victoria 9 for 424 dec (Maddinson 162, White 119) and 5 for 208 dec (Dean 68, Pucovski 67) drew with Western Australia 296 (Turner 80, Holland 5-65) and 6 for 214 (Stoinis 85, Turner 63*)

Fighting half-centuries from Marcus Stoinis and Ashton Turner have helped Western Australia secure a draw against Victoria at the MCG.

Defeat looked a distinct possibility halfway through the final day. Victoria's second declaration of the match left WA needing 337 to win from 72 overs. Their chase got off to a disastrous start as they slumped to 2 for 7 after just 15 balls with D'Arcy Short and Hilton Cartwright falling to Scott Boland and Chris Tremain respectively.

Things got worse for the visitors not long after lunch when Jonathan Wells and Mitchell Marsh also fell cheaply. Wells edged James Pattinson to second slip in the midst of a very quick spell and Marsh missed a straight one from Jon Holland to be trapped in front for 11.

Boland returned to knock over Will Bosisto to leave the Warriors teetering at 5 for 57. But Stoinis and Turner steadied with a 119-run stand to guide the team to safety. Stoinis survived an early barrage from Pattinson as the pair got into an animated duel. He then played expansively to make 85 from 130 balls, his third score of 80 plus for the Shield season and second in consecutive games, but he is yet to reach three figures.

Turner was patient and kept going beyond the loss of Stoinis, who fell to the part-time spin of Matt Short. He made 63 not out, his second half-century of the match, and along with wicketkeeper Josh Inglis, was able to see WA through to a draw.

Earlier, Travis Dean and Will Pucovski were unable to pass 70 despite both reaching their half-centuries on the third evening as they pushed to set up a declaration. Glenn Maxwell made a brisk 34 not out from 36 balls before the close came at 5 for 208. Matt Kelly took the wickets of Dean, Pucovski and Short to finish with 3 for 65.

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