Qld win Sheffield Shield, crushing NSW
QUEENSLAND have claimed the Sheffield Shield title, thrashing NSW by an innings and 33 runs in the final in Brisbane.
The Bulls secured the resounding victory after leg spinner Mitch Swepson (368) helped bowl the Blues out for 213 in their second dig before lunch on day four at Allan Border Field.
It marked Queensland’s ninth Shield title and their first since the 2017-18 season.
The Bulls went into celebration mode after quick Brendan Doggett (3-37) claimed the final wicket to fall, snaring Josh Hazlewood caught behind for three.
Fellow speedster Xavier Bartlett also impressed for Queensland with 3-42. But Swepson did most of the damage on Sunday.
He ended the stubborn resistance of Baxter Holt, trapping the wicketkeeper in front for 29 off 91 balls.
Swepson also had Trent Copeland caught behind for nine and nabbed Nathan Lyon for 10 when ex-test batsman Usman Khawaja took a smart slips catch.
Lyon couldn’t capitalise after being given a life on seven when he was dropped at gully by Bryce Street off Michael Neser (1-41).
Defending champions NSW resumed on Sunday at 5-140 still trailing by 106 runs.
The visitors were under enormous pressure after Test No.3 Marnus Labuschagne struck a sublime 192 on Saturday to lift Queensland to a first innings total of 389 and a 246run overall lead.
He struck 21 boundaries in his nine-and-a-half hour, 353-ball knock to register the fourth highest score in a Shield final.