Queensland v Victoria, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane, 2nd day October 11, 2011

Handscomb impresses but Bulls eye lead

ESPNcricinfo staff

Victoria 5 for 212 (Rogers 72, Handscomb 71) trail Queensland 355 (Robinson 78, Pattinson 3-75) by 143 runs

The debutant batsman Peter Handscomb showed impressive composure to keep Victoria steady on the second day at the Gabba, where they chipped away at Queensland's first innings of 355. But despite Handscomb's half-century, the Bushrangers faced a tough challenge to take first-innings points, still trailing by 143 runs at the close of play, with only the bowlers still to bat.

The last two recognised batsmen were at the crease, Alex Keath on 16 and Ryan Carters on 4, as Victoria reached 5 for 212 at stumps. They had lost Handscomb for 71 late in the day when he edged Ben Cutting to slip, to give Cutting a well-deserved second wicket, as he finished the day with figures of 2 for 37 from 20 overs.

Batting at No.3, Handscomb had stayed at the crease for four and a half hours and put on a valuable 90-run stand for the second wicket with Chris Rogers, who eventually lobbed a return catch to the legspinner Cameron Boyce for 72. Scott Walter picked up two wickets, including Victoria's captain Andrew McDonald for 33, after he finished unbeaten on 14 in Queensland's innings earlier in the day.

The Bulls resumed at 6 for 306 and added 49 to their overnight total, with Peter Siddle collecting two wickets on the second morning. Darren Pattinson finished with 3 for 75.