Victoria v Queensland, Pura Cup, Melbourne, 2nd day March 3, 2006

Bulls on target despite Warne's magnificent seven

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Victoria 4 for 155 (Mash 37, Doran 2-53) trail Queensland 408 (Hayden 89, Bichel 76, Maher 67, Noffke 49, Warne 7-100) by 253 runs
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Andy Bichel made another valuable contribution for the Bulls with 76 © Getty Images

Shane Warne's career-best 7 for 100 could not stop Victoria from being overpowered by Queensland in the top-of-the-table clash at Junction Oval. The Bulls' lower order rushed to 408 as they chased hosting rights for the final, and by stumps the legspinner Daniel Doran had dismissed the prolific Brad Hodge and Jason Arnberger.

Warne has played only 43 Sheffield Shield-Pura Cup matches - Hodge is appearing in his 111th and Matthew Hayden in his 86th - and this was his seventh domestic five-wicket haul. He was the one bowler to trouble Queensland, who added 122 to their overnight 7 for 286, mainly through Andy Bichel and Ashley Noffke.

Bichel moved to 436 runs for the season with his unbeaten 76 and he put on 87 for the eighth wicket with Noffke (49). Noffke became the fourth batsman of the innings to fall caught Cameron White bowled Warne, who then collected his seventh victim with the dismissal of Doran for 12. Warne's previous best figures for his state were 6 for 42 against Western Australia 12 years ago.

With a pitch offering little to the fast bowlers, Doran struck the two important blows of Hodge (20) and Arnberger (35) after Michael Kasprowicz collected Lloyd Mash for 37. James Hopes, the Australia one-day allrounder, struck late in the day to dismiss Nick Jewell and the Bushrangers ended at 4 for 155.