Second straight victory for the Blues

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The New South Wales Blues have completed their second consecutive victory in the JLT Sheffield Shield courtesy of a dominant win against Western Australia at Perth Stadium.

After Western Australia resumed the fourth and final day at 6/115, the Blues claimed the final four wickets just before lunch. NSW dismissed its hosts for 212 to seal a 104-run outright win.

It was a historic win in the inaugural First Class match at the new Perth Stadium.

As was the case in the first innings, an outstanding team bowling performance guaranteed the win for the visitors. Australia Test off-spinner Nathan Lyon (4-86) returned best figures for NSW in the second innings.

It was the second consecutive victory for the Blues in the Sheffield Shield this season, after it defeated Queensland by 163 runs in Canberra, that broke a 10-match streak without a win.

Both Lyon and seamer Trent Copeland (3-73) finished the fixture with seven wickets for the match. Australian One-Day and T20 International allrounder, Marcus Stonis (81), top-scored for Western Australia in the second innings.

The hard work for the Blues attack was done the previous evening when it raced through the Western Australian top order. The home side lost 6/64 within the first 15 overs.

Blues top-order batsman Kurtis Patterson was the focal point of the victory. He made an unbeaten 107 in the first innings and followed that with a valuable 43 from 123 balls during his second visit to the crease in the match.

A 104-run partnership between Patterson and seamer Sean Abbott (69) on day one was to prove pivotal in the context of the contest.

The eighth-wicket stand was ultimately the difference between a 63-run lead in the first innings and not.

The win in Perth puts the Blues into outright second on the ladder a little more than eight points behind Victoria.

NSW now have the opportunity to possibly take top spot when it meets South Australia at the SCG starting next Friday.

Ashton Agar (24) was the first wicket to fall on day four at Perth Stadium and it appeared as though the match may finish quite quickly. However, the Western Australian lower order relented.

Stoinis was the stand out for the home side during his 96 balls in the centre. During his defiant and, at times belligerent knock, he cleared the rope on three occasions before he holed out to Daniel Hughes in the deep from the bowling of Lyon.

The three sixes hit by Stoinis were the first three sixes hit at Perth Stadium in a First Class match.

Abbott (3-40) claimed the final two wickets in the win. He removed both 19-year-old fast bowler Cameron Green (27) and Matt Kelly (19).

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