Bowlers dom­i­nate as na­tional hopes crushed

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT -

AS AUS­TRALIA’S Test side stum­bled on Day 2 in Adelaide, Queens­land’s three over­looked bats­men failed to mount a case for a re­call on a day of car­nage in Ho­bart.

Matthew Ren­shaw, Joe Burns and Mar­nus Labuschagne all made starts be­fore fail­ing on a lively Bel­lerive Oval wicket as Tas­ma­nia roared back from be­ing rolled for 167 by re­duc­ing the Bulls to 8-86

by stumps. Matthew Wade, the for­mer Test wick­et­keeper, top­scored with 63 in the Tigers’ first in­nings of 167 be­fore rookie pace­man Alex Pye­croft took a stun­ning 5-18 to have the Bulls reel­ing.

Queens­land had control of the match af­ter send­ing the Tigers in to bat.

Michael Neser and Mark Steke­tee both picked up three wick­ets, while wick­et­keeper

Jimmy Peir­son took six catches for the in­nings.

Wade hit nine fours in a knock that puts him at the top of the Shield run-scor­ers (531) in 2018-19 with five 50s and a cen­tury.

The Tigers were bowled out on the stoke of tea, af­ter a valu­able fi­nal-wicket stand of 37 be­tween Gabe Bell and Ri­ley Mered­ith.

In re­ply, Ren­shaw fell for 14,

Burns made 18, and Labuschagne 21.

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

Neser is un­beaten on 17 along­side Mitchell Swep­son (4no) with the Bulls still trail­ing by 81 runs. At the MCG,

Nic Maddin­son scored an un­beaten cen­tury on his Shield de­but for Vic­to­ria to put the home side in charge at 3-311 against West­ern Aus­tralia.

The three-Test bats­man blasted two sixes and 21 fours in his 159 runs from 282 balls.

At the SCG, Tom Cooper (87no) and Alex Carey (66no) en­gi­neered a fight­back, with South Aus­tralia 5-315 af­ter day one of their clash with NSW.

Joe Burns of the Bulls.

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