Trent Copeland claimed three second innings wickets for the NSW Blues but it wasn't enough for the team to reach the Sheffield Shield final.
Trent Copeland claimed three second innings wickets for the NSW Blues but it wasn't enough for the team to reach the Sheffield Shield final. MATT ROBERTS

Close but no cigar for Blues and Coffs

UNABLE to dismiss Victoria on the final day, the NSW Blues have missed out on their opportunity to not only reach this summer's Sheffield Shield final but host it in Coffs Harbour.

The Blues needed to beat Victoria outright to have the final played in Coffs Harbour next week but a tremendous rearguard action by Cameron White and Scott Boland who batted for the last 30 overs together saw the Blues come up three wickets short of their target.

Since Cricket Australia officials gave the C.ex Coffs International Stadium the tick of approval after the successful Phillip Hughes Tribute Match held there three weeks ago, hopes were high the climax to the first-class cricket season would be played in Coffs.

Coffs Harbour City Council Mayor, Denise Knight, was one of those with high hopes Coffs Harbour would be on the national stage while the final was being played.

"It would've been great to have the Sheffield Shield final in Coffs Harbour," Cr Knight said.

"We would've liked New South Wales to win however congratulations to the Victorian team on reaching the final.

"Not having the final is a real loss for Coffs Harbour."



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