Queensland v WA, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane December 11, 2010

Bulls steady on rainy Brisbane day

ESPNcricinfo staff

Queensland 1 for 72 trail Western Australia 331 (Ronchi 68, Bandy 66, Neser 4-53)

Queensland made a steady start in reply to Western Australia's 331 but rain ruined much of the second day at the Gabba. The Bulls were 1 for 72 with Wade Townsend on 43 and Craig Philipson on 27 when the wet weather arrived and with further showers expected over the next two days, the game could be reduced to a battle for first-innings points.

If that is the case, the Warriors will be grateful to David Bandy and Michael Beer for their 53-run ninth-wicket stand, which carried into the second morning. Bandy made 66 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Luke Feldman and Beer remained unbeaten on 24, while Cameron Gannon collected the final wicket.

Michael Hogan gave Western Australia a strong start in the field with Ryan Broad caught for a duck in the first over, before Townsend and Philipson steadied. Beer, fresh from his shock call-up into Australia's Test squad, bowled two tidy overs for two runs before the rain came.