Joel Paris produced a herculean effort with both bat and ball as WA fell just short of victory in their Sheffield Shield clash with Tasmania in Hobart.
Paris contributed a total of 103 runs and seven wickets across the match, but it didn’t stop the Tigers sneaking home late on day four.
After Tasmania sent WA in on the opening day, Paris made 10 valuable tail end runs before taking the new ball for the visitors.
Paris was the pick of the bowlers, taking 5-90, including the key wickets of Jordan Silk, Ben McDermott, Tim Paine, Simon Milenko and Beau Webster.
After a top order collapse, the star left-arm paceman found himself at the crease late in day three and made it to stumps at 26 not out.
Paris went on with the job early on day four, the No.8 denying the Tasmanians with a brilliant 10th wicket partnership on his way to 93 off 163 balls as he pushed the WA total to 253.
It was the highest score of Paris’ first-class batting career, with 16 boundaries, including two sixes in the innings.
Paris again got the all-important breakthroughs as WA tried to stop the home team from taking victory, claiming the wickets of Charlie Wakim and McDermott before Webster and Paine iced the game.
Paris said his focus at all times had been on trying to win the game for his State.
“I laughed with the boys at the end of the day,” Paris told SportFM. “Making 100 never really crossed my mind throughout the whole innings.
“I was certainly proud of the way I was able to handle myself and try and get as many runs for WA as a I could.
“The ball is coming out great. I’m really happy with how it is coming out. I feel for the most part I’ve had pretty good rhythm.
“I’m just loving playing cricket, love playing cricket for WA and the positive is we can still make that Shield Final. We’ve got to make sure that we bounce back.”
WA take on Queensland at the WACA Ground next Friday.