Simon Katich destroys WA, helps NSW win by 2 runs
Published: Sunday, January 26, 2003, 23:02 [IST]
Clarke boosts NSW hopes in Sheffield Shield match
Sydney: Former Test batsman Simon Katich turned his hand to bowling on Sunday -- and snapped up career-best figures of 5 for 45 as New South Wales pipped Western Australia, his former state, by two runs in a Sheffield Shield thriller. Katich, who left Western Australia for New South Wales in the off-season, was almost unplayable as he rolled out his left-arm spinners at Newcastle in one of the most memorable Shield match finishes in recent years. Cruising with 272 for four wickets, only 27 runs short of its victory target of 299, Western Australia lost its last six wickets for only 24 runs. Australian Test captain Steve Waugh, who leads New South Wales, described the match as one of the best victories he had been associated with. The remarkable win ensured New South Wales (24 points) remains hot on the heels of second-placed Victoria (28). Queensland heads the ladder. Another Western Australian-born player, Test leg spinner Stuart MacGill, played a major role in the defeat of his former teammates, taking a second innings 5 for 112 for match figures of 9 for 212. In the New South Wales second innings, Michael Clarke produced another eye-catching batting display, finishing on 116 after savaging the Western Australian attack. Mark Waugh offered valuable support, hitting an unbeaten 83.