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Nic Maddinson shows true grit as he helps steer NSW Blues to draw in Sheffield Shield clash with Western Australia

A courageous and defensive second innings from NSW captain Nic Maddinson helped his team to a share of the points in their Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia in New Zealand.

NSW looked in trouble when they fell to 4-77 in their second innings early on day four, but an injured Maddinson (26 not out) combined with Test wicketkeeper Peter Nevill (69) to stabilise the Blues by consuming a painstaking 375 balls between them for their game-saving 75-run partnership.

Cowan hit and concussed by bouncer

NSW opener Ed Cowan has been ruled out of the rest of his side's Sheffield Shield match against WA after being hit by a Joel Paris bouncer.

The Blues were 5-162 and had a lead of 67 when stumps were drawn an hour early.

Maddinson injured his left thumb while fielding on day three but overcame the pain on Saturday, setting out to bat WA out of the match after Australian paceman Joel Paris ripped through the top order in the opening session.

Stonewalling: NSW batsman Nic Maddinson.
Stonewalling: NSW batsman Nic Maddinson. Photo: Getty Images

Paris, who claimed the wicket of Blues opener Dan Hughes late on day three, trapped nightwatchman Nathan Lyon (three) early on day four before getting through the defences of Kurtis Patterson (21).

Nevill and Maddinson then arrived to bat out the entire middle session, only for Paris to then clip Nevill's off stump with the new ball just after tea.

The 23-year-old also forced Ed Cowan to retire from the match on Friday after the former Test opener was collected on the front of the helmet by a rising bouncer. He was immediately whisked off the field under concussion guidelines.

Paris was the pick of the Warriors bowlers in the second innings with figures of 4-37 off 18 overs with five maidens.

"We got a couple [early], but 'Nev' and 'Maddo' batted really well for the majority of the game and basically didn't give us a sniff," Paris said.

The draw means NSW remain one spot ahead of the Warriors in fifth. The fixture was the first shield match to be played overseas in order to help Test trio Nevill, Lyon and Adam Voges prepare for the coming Test series against the Black Caps. Voges warmed up for the series with 149 in the Warriors' first innings.

"It's great to see Voges in that kind of touch from an Australian perspective – barely played a false shot," Nevill said.

Meanwhile, Queensland revived their Sheffield Shield campaign with a hefty 173-run win over second-placed South Australia at Adelaide Oval.

Set an unlikely target of 418 for victory, SA were never in the hunt after losing 5-71 before lunch, eventually being dismissed for 244 on a good fourth-day wicket.

SA, after resuming at 0-29, reached 69 before former Redback Peter George (2-37) made a double breakthrough, dismissing openers Tom Cooper and Mark Cosgrove within three balls.

The key wickets of Travis Head (11) and first innings century-maker Jake Lehmann (14) also fell in quick succession, while a disastrous morning session concluded with Sam Raphael out to the final ball before lunch for 36.

Only some late defiance  by Joe Mennie (43) and Chadd Sayers (22) gave the scoreline respectability, before leg-spinner Mitch Swepson (3-110) mopped up the tail.

The win  moves Queensland  from second bottom to third on a congested shield ladder. 

 AAP