Bulls trail Tassie af­ter chaotic day

The Weekend Post - - Sport -

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.

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