Gillespie rocks Queensland with five-wicket haul
South Australia 3 for 41 (Bichel 3-12) trail Queensland 252 (Perren 74, Gillespie 5-40) by 211 runs
Jason Gillespie sliced through Queensland's middle order with a five-wicket haul as the Bulls were bowled out for 252 on the first day of their Pura Cup match against South Australia. In reply, the Redbacks' top order struggled, finishing the day at 3 for 41 with Andy Bichel claiming all three victims.
Queensland seemed comfortably placed at 3 for 117 until Gillespie struck, dismissing James Hopes for 8, caught by Cameron Borgas. Brendan Nash failed to open his account and Gillespie then removed Chris Hartley and Bichel off successive deliveries, leaving them limping at 7 for 136. Clinton Perren and Ashley Noffke resurrected the innings with an 82-run partnership for the seventh wicket. Perren hung on almost to the end, adding a further 32 with Daniel Doran, after Gillespie clean bowled Noffke to take his fifth wicket. Perren finished with 74 with ten fours and a six.
The Redbacks lost Ben Cameron early, edging the ball to Perren who dropped it, but the deflection was taken by Martin Love at first slip. Greg Blewett and Borgas took the score to 39 but both batsmen were dismissed in quick succession by Bichel.