Queensland v Victoria, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane, 4th day October 14, 2011

Queensland win despite Quiney ton

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Queensland 355 and 9 for 243 dec (Forrest 101, Robinson 51) beat Victoria 298 and 234 (Quiney 109, Boyce 4-78, Magoffin 3-42) by 66 runs

The legspinner Cameron Boyce helped Queensland begin their Sheffield Shield season with victory over Victoria at the Gabba, where Rob Quiney's century wasn't enough for the Bushrangers to salvage a draw. Victoria were set 301 to win after Peter Forrest scored his first ton for the Bulls, and while Quiney was at the crease, the visitors had some hope of chasing down the target.

Quiney brought up his hundred with a straight drive for four off Steve Magoffin, but the fast man had his revenge soon afterwards when he had Quiney caught at slip for 109. It was one of seven catches - a Queensland record - taken in the match by Andrew Robinson, who snared five takes in the second innings alone.

After Quiney departed, Boyce began to trouble the middle and lower order, driving Queensland closer to victory. Victoria's last pair, Ryan Carters and Darren Pattinson, steadied the Bushrangers by surviving ten overs, but with three overs remaining and a draw within sight, Carters edged Boyce (4 for 78) to Robinson at slip to confirm the Bulls' win.

Things could hardly have worked out any better for Queensland, who declared at 9 for 243, after Forrest (101) completed his fourth first-class century, in his first game for the Bulls after relocating from New South Wales. The result was a fine effort from Queensland, who had lost their captain James Hopes, bowler Chris Swan and the star batsman Chris Lynn to injuries in the lead-up to the game.

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  • Andrew on October 16, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    @David Bennett - also injured was Feldman! Good match - Forrest may like the Gabba conditions more so than the SCG, he's a bit better than his FC average indicates. Good effort by the QLD attack against an experienced Vic line up. Walter & Cutting were very good.

  • Dean on October 15, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    The ore-match injuries could be a blessing in disguise for QLD allowing Magoffin to play unexpectedly. One of the best quicks in the country, he should become a regular member of the team. He and Swan should form the best new ball attack in the country.

  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2011, 0:03 GMT

    A very good start by Queensland. To be frank, on the first morning when I heard Hopes, Lynn and Swann were injured I thought we were in for a hiding to nothing. It was a fine team effort, with everybody contributing. Good game too. It went down to the last few overs.

  • Rakesh on October 14, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    very good start to the season. Two better teams have lost against to slightly weaker teams and that's great sign. Quality was very fine and though both teams particularly Bushrangers were missing about 5 of there regular players, it is very pleasant to see positive approach from all 4 sides in 1st round of Sheffield shield as both the matches went to the end of 4th day and of-course margin of win wasn't big in any of the match.

  • Stuart on October 14, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    What more could you want? Match goes deep into Day 4 with VICs a chance of winning until veteran quick Magoffin ends a dangerous partnership and leg-spinner Boyce wraps up the match. Time will tell if VICs young batting line up stiffens up a little and QLDs bowlers are consistently potent.

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