With the Sydney Cricket Ground unavailable due to it hosting a Major League Baseball game, Manuka Oval hosted it’s first and so far only Sheffield Shield Final on the 21st March 2014.
New South Wales hosted Western Australia in a match which was unfortunately marred by rain in it’s final two days. The week before the two sides had played their final round match resulting in a three wicket side to the New South Wales side.
Batting first, New South Wales made 447 in their first innings. Moises Henriques was the top scorer with 140 with Steven Smith and former local Ryan Carters making half centuries. Jason Behrendorff, another former local, was the leading wicket taker with 4 for 95.
In reply, Western Australia were dismissed for 180 which put the winner of the Sheffield Shield almost beyond doubt. Only Mitch Marsh passed fifty, making an unbeaten 92. At one stage Western Australia were 5 for 23.
Josh Hazlewood was the destroyer, taking 6 for 50 off 22 overs. In their second innings, New South Wales reached 4 for 197 before the rain came part way through the fourth day. Steven Smith made an unbeaten 103. Rain washed out the last day which gave New South Wales their first domestic title since 2008.