Queensland v New South Wales, Sheffield Shield, Gabba, 2nd day November 1, 2010

Cameron takes 11 as Blues demolish Queensland

ESPNcricinfo staff

New South Wales 262 beat Queensland 75 (Cameron 6-22) and 96 (Cameron 5-30, Copeland 4-42) by an innings and 81 runs

Mark Cameron took 11 wickets and Scott Coyte claimed a hat-trick as New South Wales inflicted an embarrassing defeat on the hosts Queensland inside two days at the Gabba. On a remarkable second day, the Bulls lost 18 wickets for 131 runs to hand victory to the Blues, whose stand-in captain Nathan Hauritz bowled only two overs for the match.

Queensland began the morning at 2 for 40, still hoping for first-innings points after New South Wales posted 262 on the opening day. But the tone was set in the first over, when Cameron snared two wickets with the first two deliveries, and he finished with a career-best 6 for 22 when the Bulls were knocked over for 75.

It was a terrific comeback from Cameron, 29, who had not played a first-class match since February 2009, having missed all of 2009-10 due to stress fractures in his back. Only three Queensland batsmen reached double figures and the humiliation continued when sundries was the top scorer in the innings, with 13 through leg-byes and no-balls.

Coyte finished off the final two batsmen with consecutive deliveries and then celebrated his hat-trick by claiming Lee Carseldine with his first ball after Queensland followed on. Carseldine slashed hard outside off stump and was taken at third slip by Peter Forrest to hand Coyte, who entered the game with only one first-class victim, a place in the record-books.

There was nothing Queensland could do to halt the wickets, as Cameron raced through the middle order to collect 5 for 30. He finished up with match figures of 11 for 52, while Trent Copeland also enjoyed the cloudy conditions to pick up 4 for 42 in the second innings as the Bulls were skittled for 96 before tea.

The result left Hauritz thrilled with his team's performance, but two overs with the red ball was hardly the warm-up he needed ahead of the first Ashes Test. However, the two-day finish could mean he is rushed in to Australia's ODI team to take on Sri Lanka in Melbourne on Wednesday, after he was initially to be left out due to his first-class commitments.

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Lester on November 3, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    Good win by the blues, and particularly happy to see Cameron and Copeland bending their backs, so to speak.

    It seems a complete waste careerwise for O'keefe learning how carry drinks in a twenty20 hit-out in Perth, when he could have been improving his leftarm spin and his more than useful batting in a Shield game.

    On another matter, I was wondering if anyone could shed any light on Beau Casson of late. I presume he is playing for his grade team (St George?) in Sydney.

    Good "Chinaman" tweakers are a rare species and deserve, I think, to be nurtured as much, if not more, than some other varieties. I have always believed that Michael Bevan could have been a great one, had he focused more on his bowling skills. Best, Lester Martin, Canberra - No relation to the mighty Johnny Martin of the late fifties and mid-sixties...

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2010, 1:12 GMT

    Fast bowling stocks are excellent. Don't be surprised to see someone like Trent Copeland get a go for Australia sometime this summer in the ODIs perhaps. While a great performance from Cameron, shame he is pushing 30 - he's the same age as Bollinger and Johnson which is not particularly helpful for his chances to one day push for test selection.

  • andrew on November 1, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    @ NeilCameron.....O'Keefe is with the Australian side....was in Perth for the 20/20 and I think is in the ODI squad.

  • andrew on November 1, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    @NeilCameron O'Keefe was left out due to his 20/20 commitments with the Australian team on Sunay - The first day of the game. Even if he was only 12th Man hard to play for NSW in Brisbane when you are with the Australian team in Perth. Great effort by Cameron and looks like Queensland are in a dire situation fast. Need to turn around quickly.

  • Richard on November 1, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    O'keefe was not dropped, he is in the Aust squad for either 20/20 or ODI's. Once again we are rushing a spinner in the hope of finding another Warne. Let him have a season playing first class cricket and taking 50wkts. And how can you win a game by an innings after scoring 262? If the pitch stays like that then Hauritz had better practice his waiter skills

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    O'Keefe is in the Australian T20 squad which is why he was absent from this game. Stoked for Cameron. NSW bowling stocks in good shape at the moment, without forgetting how consistent Copeland has been so far in the Shield.

  • King on November 1, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    I can only think that O'Keefe was left out for balance - they didn't want two spinners.

  • Jason on November 1, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    To lost by innings after restricting the opposition to 262 - it doesnt get much more embarassing then that. Unless we have a good hard look at ourselves this could be a loooonnnngg summer for the Maroons.

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    This is one of the weakest Qld teams in many years! They have a reasonable pace attack but no worthwhile spinner (havent had one for ages) and apart from Lynn no batting. They have struggled since the retirement of Maher, Symonds and a couple of others - most of the current crop wouldnt even make a grade side in Sydney or Melbourne and they must be the only sporting team in Australia whose home ground is a disadvantage. Thank god they only played against the NSW 2nd XI.

  • Neil on November 1, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Why was O'Keefe left out of the NSW side for this match? He took 7 wickets in Adelaide against SA and won the match for NSW but then gets dropped. Kudos to Coyte but NSW should not have gone is without O'Keefe. Was he injured?

  • No featured comments at the moment.