Paris had 11 points in the match as Western Australia secured the victory

 – Gudstory

Paris had 11 points in the match as Western Australia secured the victory – Gudstory

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Western Australia 241 (Bancroft 57, Cartwright 56, Agar 6-42) and 377 on 8 December (Bancroft 100, Hardie 99) were won. South Australia 264 (Manenti 86, Paris 6-74) and 154 (Paris 5-39, Haskett 3-31) a difference of 200 points.

Joel Paris tore through South Australia’s batting to claim a match-best 11 wickets as they cruised to a 200-run win over the Sheffield Shield in Adelaide.

After Western Australia declared overnight and South Australia set for 355 on the final day to win, Paris took figures of 5 for 39 to see the Redbacks take 154.

Paris took the first two wickets, before returning to finish the job early in the final session. No South Australians passed 30 in the second innings, as they surrendered inside 63 overs.

After taking 6 for 74 in the first innings to take the Redbacks to 264, Paris was short on Sunday in his first Shield match of the summer with a hamstring injury.

While his career has been interrupted by injury in recent years, Parris was never far from the selectors’ thoughts after playing two ODIs for Australia in 2016.

He is so highly regarded, he was told during this year’s Ashes to be ready to join the team as cover for Mitchell Starc if the left-armer goes down with injury.

The 30-year-old set the tone early when he beat the edge of Kelvin Smith in South Australia’s opener, getting rid of him for a duck. Paris also caught Daniel Drew pulling, superbly caught by Hilton Cartwright with one arm above his head at halfway.

Cameron Bancroft also had a great chance off Paris, stretching full to his left at second slip to remove Jake Lehmann for 6.

If Paris was Western Australia’s best in the match, Bancroft was not far behind with a first-round 57 (241) before reaching 100 in the visitors’ second hole.

Bancroft is considered to be the number three pacer at the start of the summer to replace the retiring David Warner after the Sydney Test, and now averages 92.50 this season.

With him also being involved in the song, he makes a compelling case for going ahead of both Marcus Harris and Matt Renshaw in the eyes of the Australian selectors.

After Bancroft’s fine work on the pitch, Paris then came back to finish off the match after tea when he got the better of both Harry Conway and Wes Agar.

The West Australian’s other left-armer Liam Haskett took 3 for 31, while spinner Corey Rocciccioli took 2 for 59 in the team’s second Shield win of the summer.

The loss marked South Australia’s second defeat in three matches to start the season, leaving them in fourth place on the ladder.


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