Queensland v NSW, Brisbane, Pura Cup, 2nd day October 16, 2004

Queensland rely on Hopes as NSW fight back

Wisden Cricinfo staff

NSW 2 for 110 (Phelps 43*)& 203 lead Queensland 209 (Hopes 82*, Nicholson 4-64) by 104 runs

New South Wales slowly edged their way back into the Pura Cup match against Queensland and grabbed the ascendancy at the Gabba. Although James Hopes single-handedly ensured first-innings points for Queensland, the cautious visitors took the second-day honours with bat and ball.

At stumps New South Wales were 2 for 110 with Matthew Phelps 43 not out and Dominic Thornely 6. After being bowled out on the first day for 203, the New South Wales pace attack, led by Matthew Nicholson (4 for 64) and Nathan Bracken (3 for 43), started the fightback and restricted their opponents to a six-run lead.

With wickets tumbling around him, Hopes lifted Queensland out of the mire at 6 for 127 by taking an aggressive approach that netted 13 boundaries. At 7 for 180, Hopes still had plenty of work to do but he peeled off 21 runs in as many balls and then danced down the wicket to loft Stuart MacGill over the long-on boundary to seal the two points.

Queensland's cause was not helped by the likely loss of Martin Love, who suffered a broken little finger when fielding at slip, while the New South Wales allrounder, Aaron O'Brien, was sidelined by a thumb injury.