Carseldine's 152 puts Queensland in control
South Australia 1 for 57 trail Queensland 352 (Carseldine 152, Harris 51) by 295 runs
Lee Carseldine saved Queensland from a meagre total with a shot-laden 152 that pushed them to a highly competitive 352 against South Australia. The Bulls were dropped to 5 for 78 in a horror start, but Carseldine gradually dragged the team further ahead and gained some assistance from the captain Chris Simpson and Ryan Harris.
Carseldine, 32, is enjoying more appearances this season following a serious long-standing back problem and showed his value as a No. 5. He collected 28 fours and one six in a brutal 174-ball display after surviving a dropped catch on 21 and a run-out reprieve on 55.
Simpson blasted his way to 49 from 35 balls while Harris, playing against his old state, added a vital 51 from 54 towards the end of the innings. Carseldine was the last-man out and left with the satisfaction of recording his first Sheffield Shield century for six years.
Allan Wise captured the early wickets of Ryan Broad (16) and James Hopes (12) and finished with 3 for 72 while Paul Rofe and Daniel Christian also grabbed three victims. Rofe started the Queensland collapse by removing Nick Kruger for 21 before Christian chipped in with the dismissals of Martin Love and Shane Watson.
However, the visitors could not continue their strong start and are faced with a difficult chase for first-innings points. At stumps they were 1 for 57 after losing Daniel Harris to Hopes on what was the final ball of the day.