Western Australia were weakened by national call-ups, with both opening batsmen Simmons and Harris having little FC experience. With a pitch looking bad for batting from the outset and turning square, Skipper O'Keefe looked to win the toss and bat first, meaning NSW weren't chasing come Day 4. He lost the flip, however Luke Ronchi, captaining ahead of Marcus North, decided strangely to bowl.
Hughes and Jaques faced up to the WA pace attack, starting off strongly with boundaries in the third and fourth over respectively. Openers Hogan and Dorey had no answer to the men, until Coulter-Nile got Hughes caught at deepish mid wicket with the score on 47. With Phil only making 22, Usman Khawaja walked out, looking to make up for his Ryobi Cup failure. Both men looked comfortable against the spin duo of North and Heal, sweeping and glancing between the two men placed behind square on the leg side for regular boundaries. However, another start was wasted by Jaques, being caught behind after a Heal yorker kicked up to chest height. With the threat of serious injury imminent, O'Keefe declared the innings closed at 83 immediately.
After an extended break to meet with officials regarding the safety of the pitch, both captains agreed to disagree and play continued. WA were quickly 2-72, with balls kicking off the pitch everywhere, causing constant wides and weird dismissals. Hazelwood bowled former England player Geriant Jones with a bouncer that didn't bounce, and then Steven Smith got a faint edge from Simmons, who made a well-compiled 80 in dreadful conditions. By the close of play, WA were miraculously on 5-207. Early on Day 2, with the pitch doing crazy things, Hazelwood bowled Ronchi with a leg cutter that moved more than Warnie's 'Ball of the Century'. After the new ball was taken, Hazelwood and Copeland ripped through the tail, bowling Western Australia out for 266.
After the change of innings, Hughes and Jaques went about their business carefully, maintaining a rate below 3 an over to stay in and counter the pitch. Both men made half centuries, and the partnership pushed past 100, then 150. With the score on 0-187, Jaques got a faint edge on a Marcus North ball that turned square and was caught behind, falling for 82. Slowly but surely, Hughes brought up a fighting ton, off 205 balls. He fell soon after, LBW to Heal for 101. Khawaja soon fell LBW to Dorey when a ball didn't bounce off a length, and by the end of the day New South Wales were 3-225, a lead of 42.
The next morning, Smith fell early to the new ball, which allowed the WA quicks to cause strange things to happen. Maddinson batted like a traditional opener, seeing the shine off the second new ball before falling in the 30s, and O'Keefe continued his Ryobi Cup form, looking untroubled by the bowlers. He brought up his 50 off 104 balls, obviously loving the added responsibility of leading the side. Nevill fell for 25, leaving O'Keefe with the tail. Clark played the only way he knew, attacking the bowling but falling for 3. With Mitchell Starc batting for his life, O'Keefe had the support to bring up his hundred and push the lead past WA's first innings score. However, when Starc fell to a nasty riser, O'Keefe decided it wasn't worth risking his strike bowlers for a few more runs, and declared the innings shut at 8-426.
With the pitch getting worse and worse over time, and WA needing 245 off a minimum of 109 overs, O'Keefe was pushing for the outright points.
Sure enough, Stuart Clark's second ball resulted in Harris being trapped leg before to a ball that nipped back from well outside off. Copeland then caught first innings hero Simmons for 4, also LBW. After Geriant Jones and Bandy formed a partnership, O'Keefe brought on Hazelwood who struck immediately, removing the all-rounder LBW as well. Clark then removed Jones and North in consecutive balls, bowling them both off stump. On the hat-trick ball, Ronchi got a leading edge, just dropping in front of Clark. Hazelwood then dismissed Swart bowled, making it the 4th wicket within 3 overs. After the introduction of Smith's leg spin to the attack, Hazelwood caught Hogan in front, leaving WA reeling at 7-66. Smith then bowled Heal, Hazelwood bowled Dorey first ball and by the close, WA were 9-85, thanks to a Ronchi counterattack. Then fourth ball of the final day, O'Keefe caught Coulter-Nile unaware with an arm ball, getting the LBW decision and wrapping up a 155-run win.
Western Australia were dismissed for 88, with every dismissal being unassisted by fieldsmen. 5 were LBW decisions and the remainder were bowled.
New South Wales 2 dec/83 and 8 dec/426 (O'Keefe 102*, Hughes 101, Jaques 82, North 3-93) def. Western Australia 266 (Simmons 80, Hazelwood 4-82) and 88 (Hazelwood 4-12) by 155 runs.
Player of the Match: Josh Hazelwood