Queensland v SA, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane, 3rd day March 10, 2012

Queensland seal place in final

ESPNcricinfo staff

Queensland 356 beat South Australia 162 and 103 (Cooper 49, McDermott 4-35) by an innings and 91 runs

Alister McDermott helped Queensland secure a place in the Sheffield Shield final, which they will almost certainly host, with an innings victory over South Australia at the Gabba. The Bulls bowled the Redbacks out for 103 in their second innings to confirm the margin of an innings and 91 runs, which highlighted the gulf between the two sides this summer.

Queensland were set to finish on top of the table unless Western Australia could somehow conjure victory against Tasmania in Hobart, which loomed as an almost impossible task. South Australia have ended the season on the bottom of the Shield table without a victory from their ten games, the first time a team has failed to win a match in a Shield campaign since Victoria in 1992-93.

The Redbacks won only one game last summer and two the season before, and face an enormous task to lift themselves out of the mire in the longer format next season. They needed 194 runs in their second innings to make Queensland bat again but they had only two men who reached double figures, the opener Tom Stray (15) and Tom Cooper, who made 49.

McDermott collected 4 for 35, including the final two wickets in one over, but all of Queensland's fast men proved difficult. Ryan Harris took 2 for 20 off 19 miserly overs, James Hopes was even more economical with 2 for 9 from 12 overs, and Steve Magoffin picked up 2 for 27.

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  • Andrew on March 12, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    @Freak7820 - I have a foot either side of the fence with Cooper. Yep, I think this season he has improved his standings, but at the same time, I like the fact he plays for the Netherlands & makes them very competitive. Have a look at his ODI stats (skewed by playing minnows but still pretty good)! @HatsforBats - this match they were pretty poor, but I think their biggest problem has generally been playing two good team innings in a row.

  • Shakil on March 10, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Good game overall. Hope to see Tom Cooper getting a few chances for Australia in the coming years. McDermott should be a useful bowler for Australia if they decide to select him.

  • kieran on March 10, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Excellent bowling or poor batting this season? Not many batsmen putting their hands up lately

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