HOBART, (Australia): Victoria won its 29th Sheffield Shield first-class cricket title on Wednesday with a draw against Western Australia state on the fifth day at Bellerive Oval.
Victoria finished in first place on points during the regular season, meaning it only needed a draw to take the title. It was being played in Hobart due to the unavailability of the Melbourne Cricket Ground because of Sunday's World Cup final.
The winners finished on 158 for four, trailing Western Australia by 175 runs. After Western Australia declared at 293-2 earlier Wednesday with a 333-run lead, Victoria did little to chase down the target, with no runs being scored in eight overs during the final session.
Pakistan-born refugee Fawad Ahmed took 8-89 for Victoria in the first innings to set a finals record.