Wade proves sur­vivor

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A MATTHEW Wade half­cen­tury and five wick­ets to a se­cond-game seamer have Tas­ma­nia on top of Queens­land on a day of Sh­effield Shield car­nage in Ho­bart.

The for­mer Test wick­et­keeper top-scored with 63 in the Tigers’ first in­nings of 167 on a day when 18 wick­ets fell.

Queens­land crum­bled to 8-86 in re­ply at stumps yes­ter­day, with rookie pace­man Alex Pye­croft tak­ing a stun­ning 5-18.

Test-ex­pe­ri­enced Bulls, Matthew Ren­shaw, Joe Burns and Mar­nus Labuschagne, all made starts but failed on a Bel­lerive Oval deck with a bit of life. Wade, how­ever, hit nine fours to top the Shield run­scor­ers (531) in 2018-19 with five 50s and a cen­tury.

He turned ag­gres­sor with the tail, with the Tigers bowled out on the stroke of tea af­ter Gabe Bell and Ri­ley Mered­ith put on a valu­able 37 runs for the fi­nal wicket.

Af­ter his fel­low quicks cracked Queens­land’s top three, Pye­croft, who de­buted last match against South Aus­tralia, ripped through the mid­dle or­der. He took his five scalps in the space of 10 overs, all edg­ing be­hind the wicket.

“The length he bowls on this wicket suits it per­fectly,” Wade said. “He got the ball up there and gave it a chance to move side­ways and got the re­wards. He def­i­nitely got us back in the game.”

In Mel­bourne, Nic Maddin­son has scored a stun­ning un­beaten cen­tury on Sh­effield Shield de­but for Vic­to­ria. The home side was in charge at 3-311 against Western Aus­tralia at stumps at the MCG, thanks largely to Maddin­son’s su­perb in­nings in his first Shield ap­pear­ance since his ac­ri­mo­nious split with NSW.

In Syd­ney, Tom Cooper and Alex Carey have en­gi­neered a fight­back to have South Aus­tralian at 5-315 af­ter day one of their Sh­effield Shield clash with NSW. Half-cen­turies to the pair as well as Jake Weather­ald (59) and Jake Lehmann (57) had the win­less Red­backs in con­trol af­ter a see-saw­ing open­ing day at the SCG.

Af­ter debu­tant pace­man Greg West had the vis­i­tors in trou­ble at 2-51, the South Aus­tralians slowly worked their way back into the con­test.

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