The NSW Blues have won the Marsh Sheffield Shield after Cricket Australia cancelled the Final on health advice.

The Blues finished more than 12 points clear on top of the table with six wins from nine matches, leading the competition from the start of the season.

It is the 47th time that the Blues have claimed the title and the first since 2013/14.

In his two seasons as coach of the Blues, Phil Jaques took them to the final last season, losing to Victoria, before claiming the title this season.

“This is not how we wanted to win the title,” Jaques said. “We fully understand and support the decision to abandon the last round of the Shield and the Final for health reasons.

“The health and well being of our players, staff and the broader cricket community must be our priority.

“I want to congratulate all the players and support staff who have contributed to our success.

“Our senior players stood up at important times and our young players made important contributions which will enhance their development.”

Daniel Hughes was the Blues’ leading run-scorer for the season with 665 runs averaging 44.33, including his highest First Class score of 136 against South Australia at Bankstown Oval.

It was one of two centuries for the left-handed opener in that match, becoming the first Blues player to score a century in each innings of a First Class match for NSW since Jaques in 2010/11.

Hughes also passed 3,000 First Class runs during that match and now has 3,132 runs to his name at an average just under 40.

Dan Solway became the first Blues player to score a century on debut since Kurtis Patterson in 2011, making an unbeaten 133 against South Australia in Adelaide.

Solway finished his debut season with 498 runs at the impressive average of 55.33. Moises Henriques was the other player to score more than 500 runs along with Hughes making 512 at 51.2 including two centuries. 

Pace bowlers Harry Conway and Trent Copeland were the equal leading wicket takers for the Blues with 25 wickets.

Against South Australia at Bankstown, Copeland claimed his 300th First Class and Sheffield Shield wicket for NSW, while spinner Steve O’Keefe claimed his 300thFirst Class wicket during the season.

Conway averaged 21.32 with the ball, including his first 10-wicket haul in First Class cricket, at the Gabba, against Queensland.

The Blues enjoyed their best start to a Sheffield Shield season since 1961/62 with five wins and a draw before the Christmas Break.

Several Australian International players were a key part of the early season form, particularly Mitchell Starc and Steve Smith.

Starc claimed 16 wickets in two matches during the round two and four wins over Tasmania and Western Australia, including 10 wickets for the match against Tasmania, at Drummoyne Oval. The left-arm quick claimed 5-40 and 5-20.

Steve Smith continued the form he showed during the Ashes scoring 232 runs in five innings including two centuries, against Tasmania and Western Australia.