Qld v SA, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane, 3rd day October 3, 2012

Hartley hundred keeps Bulls on top

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South Australia 184 and 2 for 111 (Hughes 58*) trail Queensland 398 and 8 for 248 dec (Hartley 103*, Sayers 3-66, Mennie 3-74) by 352 runs

A century from Chris Hartley put Queensland on the path towards victory on the third day against South Australia in Brisbane, where Phillip Hughes was again carrying the batting load for the Redbacks. At stumps, South Australia were 2 for 111 in their chase of 463, with Hughes unbeaten on 58 and Callum Ferguson on 31, and they needed something special to avoid opening their season with a defeat.

The Bulls had removed Michael Klinger for 6 and Tom Cooper for 11 after Queensland declared at 8 for 248, a total made possible by Hartley's seventh first-class hundred. His innings was especially impressive given that he came to the crease at 5 for 64, although by that stage Queensland already had a commanding lead, having declined the option of enforcing the follow-on.

Hartley finished unbeaten on 103 from 107 balls, supported in the later stages by the first-innings centurion Ben Cutting, who made 33. Chadd Sayers and Joe Mennie picked up three wickets each but it was another day that the South Australians would prefer to forget, after they began the morning by losing their last three wickets for 20 runs.

Hughes had started the day on 95 not out but didn't add to his score and was caught at slip off the bowling of James Hopes from the first over of the day. Hopes finished with 5 for 27 from his 20 overs.

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  • Andrew on October 4, 2012, 0:22 GMT

    @Rahul_Ashok on (October 03 2012, 14:02 PM GMT) - I think Cowan's form on the Oz A-tour + his County stint was more impressive than Hughes's County stint. I would pick Hughes over Cowan in India, but not in England! @ hyclass on (October 03 2012, 11:57 AM GMT) - agree re: Ferguson. He is a bit of a dissappointment IMO. I would select him in ODIs at a drop of a hat, but I think his chances of playing for Oz are goneski! Also re: Hopes = forgotton man of Oz cricket!

  • Rahul on October 3, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Its Cowan vs Hughes next game(SA vs Tas), if Hughes out scores him there then he should open for Aus instead of Cowan as his average of 29 does not justify his position in the team.

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    WHY oh WHY can't South Australia play decent match winning cricket.They keep playing all these players who don't play district or come from interstate.I am ashamed to be South Australian

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    What would be even more of a spectacle is Hughes and Ferguson coming of age, and scoring the 350 odd to win, Hughes with a double ton, score big on a green wearing pitch and win the game for SA. That would be a HUGE spectacle and a HUGE turnaround from the first innings, and would take a lot of class against the Qld bowling attack with bowlers near Australian selection. Surely if Hughes or Ferguson can get and keep some form they can get back into the Aussie colours soon enough. Not likely, but it would be something to see.

  • Christopher on October 3, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Ferguson has shown throughout his career that he lacks the stamina for long innings. His core game plan of moving across to off stump and hitting through leg is reasonable but as he fatigues,he squares up causing his very modest average. The Sth Aus batting cupboard looks as bare as its bowling. Hughes may have added the pull shot to his game,but since modifying his game,has proved less effective against the bowl angled across him,the most common delivery to left handers. He showed no chink in his original game until he was 'encouraged' to adopt a different methodology,pre Ashes 09, that left him with slow feet and hands and a more front on technique. His 1st class average has subsequently fallen from 62 to 45. It must be obvious that a technique that brings a high average, regardless of outside opinions, is preferable to one that brings a low average. If anyone can make it work,I believe that Hughes can,though he must apply his intelligence better.Hopes deserves very high praise.

  • jake on October 3, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Notice James Hopes bowling figures ! Must be pretty hard to get away !

  • Noor on October 3, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    Would be quite a spectacle if the Redbacks saved the game tomorrow. At least one of Hughes and Ferguson would surely have to bat until at least tea... Hope Hughes gets a century this time, and hope Ferguson gets amongst the runs too. He's quite a prospect himself, though a bit behind in the pecking order.

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