Bulls trail Tassie after chaotic day
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 in a knock that puts him at the top of the Shield runscorers (531) in 2018/19.
The Tigers were bowled out after a valuable final-wicket stand of 37 between Gabe Bell and Riley Meredith. After his fellow quicks cracked Queens- land’s top three, second-gamer Pyecroft ripped through the middle order, taking five scalps in 10 overs.
Earlier, Queensland had control after sending the Tigers in to bat. Michael Neser and Mark Steketee both took three wickets, while wicketkeeper Jimmy Peirson took six catches.
Neser is unbeaten on 17 alongside Mitchell Swepson (four not out) with the Bulls still trailing by 81 runs.