Queensland v Western Australia, Pura Cup, Brisbane, 3rd day February 13, 2008

Warriors try to force result in rainy Brisbane

Cricinfo staff

Queensland 3 for 27 and 9 for 310 dec (Watson 80, Edmondson 7-95) lead Western Australia 2 for 115 dec (Langer 51*) by 222 runs

Justin Langer raced to 51 not out but the Warriors' season was being derailed by the weather © Getty Images

Western Australia conceded first-innings points and were hoping for a final-day chase as they desperately sought a victory in their rain-affected game against Queensland. At stumps on the third day the Warriors had made inroads into the Bulls' top order and the score was 3 for 27 with Martin Love on 6 and Shane Watson on 7.

The problem for Western Australia was they still trailed by 222 runs after a day on which further showers interrupted play following the complete wash-out on day two. The Warriors are third on the Pura Cup table but are well behind New South Wales and Victoria and need a win to stay in touch.

Queensland declared in their first innings at 9 for 310, with Ben Edmondson adding one final victim to his opening-day tally to finish with a career-best 7 for 95. Justin Langer made Western Australia's intentions clear, racing to 51 from 53 balls and the Warriors were 2 for 115 when the Brisbane weather again turned bad.

As the showers persisted Marcus North decided the only way to manufacture a result was to declare behind. Mathew Inness and Steve Magoffin then rattled Queensland by removing both openers and Jimmy Maher, all in single-figures, but a forecast of further wet weather on Thursday was threatening to derail Western Australia's Pura Cup season.