Copeland shines with 10 but Cutting delivers points
Queensland 335 (Carseldine 109, Swan 55*, Copeland 8-92) & 2 for 41 lead New South Wales 244 (Forrest 62, Cutting 5-82, Feldman 4-49) by 132 runs
Ben Cutting earned Queensland two first-innings points but his outstanding performance was still not enough to trump the debutant Trent Copeland. The Bulls finished at 2 for 41 with a lead of 132, but Copeland, the right-arm fast bowler, had added both victims to gain 10 for the match.
Copeland had started the day by registering 8 for 92 off 28.4 overs, the second-best figures in a maiden first-class fixture for New South Wales, and ended it by removing Nick Kruger and Wade Townsend. It took him only four balls to strike in the morning, bowling Scott Walter as the Bulls were dismissed for 335, and he then left the stage to Cutting as the Blues were knocked over for 244.
Cutting, who turned 23 today, has been growing as a bowler this season and his 5 for 82 off 16 overs took him to a competition-high 24 victims. Luke Feldman helped Cutting finish the job by grabbing 4 for 49, including the top scorer Peter Forrest for 62, in his third first-class game.
New South Wales boast the tastiest top order in the competition but Cutting ran over Phillip Hughes (26), Phil Jaques (15) and Simon Katich (0) in two overs as the hosts slid to 3 for 46 before lunch. Steven Smith was next, falling for 49, and Cutting gained his fifth breakthrough when Daniel Smith was caught behind by Chris Hartley, who took five for the day.