Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Hilton Cartwright sparkles with ton in dull draw. Hilton Cartwright registered his sixth first-class century
Hilton Cartwright registered his sixth first-class century
A sparkling ton from Hilton Cartwright was the only highlight on the final day as the opening match of the 2021-22 Sheffield Shield season ended in a dull draw. Having already fetched a slender lead of 49 runs by stumps on the third day, the visitors added 216 more runs to their tally on the final day in 64 overs before the players shook hands.
The home side did fancy their chances of an unlikely win in this high-scoring contest at the start of the day's play when they struck twice in quick succession. David Grant first removed the well-settled Sam Whiteman before landing the crucial blow just two balls later by trapping Cameron Green leg-before-wicket. At that point in time, the lead was just 62 and Western Australia needed a partnership to ensure there was no collapse.
Skipper Shaun Marsh then joined forces with Cartwright to add 53 runs for the fourth wicket and even though the veteran departed, the visitors continued to pile on the runs. Cartwright, who had not scored a first-class century since March 2018, ended his drought in the process and remained unbeaten on 121.
Josh Phillippe and Joel Paris also batted out valuable time to guide their side to a position where a South Australia win was out of the equation. Queensland and Tasmania will now face-off in Brisbane in the second game of the season.
Brief scores: Western Australia 465/6 decl. (Shaun Marsh 118, Cameron Green 106; Lloyd Pope 4-92) & 292/6 (Hilton Cartwright 121*; Lloyd Pope 3-123) drew with South Australia492 (Travis Head 163, Jake Carder 118; Joel Paris 3-73)