Queensland Academy of Sport v Australian Indigenous August 17, 2004

Devastating Philipson crushes Australian Indigenous team

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Queensland Academy of Sport 310 for 8 dec (Stevens 116*) and 364 for 5 dec (Philipson 146, Stevens 74*) beat Australian Indigenous 367 (Payne 109, Christian 105) and 137 by 170 runs

Craig Philipson was the destructive, decisive influence in a match that seed, sawed and then seed again, before Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) overpowered the Australian Indigenous team. The 170-run victory was misleading, because for most of the first two days, the game was even.

QAS had first put on 310 for 8 before declaring, and the Australian Indiginous team went 57 runs ahead. Three centuries were scored in the two innings, and the only one which had a hint of violence was Lachlan Stevens's unbeaten 116, loaded with 17 fours and three tonks over the boundary. His innings, by far the highest score, was chiefly responsible for getting QAS past 300. Daniel Payne (109) and Daniel Christian (105) then shared a 192-run partnership after the Australian Indigenous team were 2 for 9. Their stand and a few late-order blows put the team ahead, but nothing could have prepared them for what came next.

QAS created a result out of thin air. After losing two wickets for 35, a loss was more than probable. Philipson came in and created such an impact, that by the end of the day, QAS had scored 2 for 222 in 28 overs. He scored 132 in only 73 balls. He was dismissed the next day for 146, after five sixes and 21 fours. In 81 balls, he destroyed Barry Weare (71 in 10 overs), Ian Redpath (49 in four) and Christian (30 in three). Queensland declared at 364 for 5 in less than 60 overs.

In another 40 overs, the match was wrapped up. The Indigenous team crumbled for 137, and there were no more fightbacks. Wickets fell regularly, and though this score was the lowest of the match by far, the Australian Indigenous team was ultimately done in by Philipson.