Queensland v Victoria, Pura Cup, Brisbane, 3rd day November 20, 2005

Bichel and Kasprowicz put Queensland on top

Cricinfo staff

Victoria 194 and 5 for 95 (Mash 52*, Kasprowicz 4-22) need 294 more runs to beat Queensland 169 and 405 (Perren 90, Bichel 84, Maher 66, Simpson 52, Wise 5-92)
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Andy Bichel followed his seven-wicket haul with a fine 84 as Queensland took charge © Getty Images

Queensland continued their magnificent fightback in their Pura Cup game against Victoria at Brisbane. After Andy Bichel's 84 helped them to 405 in their second innings, Michael Kasprowicz nailed four top-order wickets as Victoria ended the day tottering at 5 for 95, needing a further 294 for an unlikely victory.

The day belonged to Queensland from start to finish. Beginning at 5 for 225, the lower order helped add a further 180, even though Clinton Perren, unbeaten on 86 overnight, added only four to that score. The highlight was a 98-run stand for the eighth wicket between Bichel and Chris Simpson, who made 52. Bichel hit ten fours and two sixes in his knock, which came off just 118 balls and allowed Queensland into a position of dominance.

Kasprowicz then took over, demolishing Victoria's top order as they stumbled to 3 for 11. Kasprowicz, who had taken all three, returned to dismiss Cameron White late in the day. Only Lloyd Mash, the left-hander batting at No. 3, kept the fight going with an unbeaten 52, but Victoria were clearly fighting a losing battle.

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