Qld v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane November 3, 2012

Blues stars struggling against Bulls

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New South Wales 184 and 5 for 121 lead Queensland 256 (Burns 64, Khawaja 54, Hartley 54) by 49 runs

Shane Watson's calf injury scare overshadowed an indifferent performance by a star-studded New South Wales side as Queensland edged towards an outright victory in the Sheffield Shield match in Brisbane.

Giving up first innings points as the Bulls pushed to 256 in reply to 184, the Blues faded to 5 for 121 by the close only 49 runs in credit with only the wicketkeeper Peter Nevill left among the recognised batsmen. Watson left the field and the ground for scans on a sore left calf, and may not bat in the second innings.

Queensland's first innings was sustained by a trio of useful innings by Usman Khawaja, Joe Burns and the wicketkeeper Chris Hartley, allowing the hosts to build a lead of 72.

The Blues made a promising start to their second knock, rolling swiftly along to parity before David Warner exited for a flashy 39. Wickets fell regularly from that point however, the Australian captain Michael Clarke making only 28 before pushing at Cameron Gannon and edging behind.

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  • Jake on November 3, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    Another useful innings from Hartley. And Joe Burns looks like the real deal.

  • Andrew on November 3, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    @Macca_mat on (November 03 2012, 11:24 AM GMT) - from what I understand of the match, Khawaja had more poise than Burns, but gee did Burns take the match away from NSW or what?

  • Mariam on November 3, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Khawaja and Burns got half centuries against a quality NSW attack in tough conditions, I would get both of these batsman in the test team as we need batsman with some ticker to cover for any of the injured players in the top order. Looking forward to the match tomorrow and to see if NSW is allowed a replacement batsman for Watson.

  • Rahul on November 3, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Fantastic to see Khawaja and Burns get valuable runs against a quality NSW attack(Starc, Copeland, Bollinger), a 50 against that attack in the conditions was like a 100 and good signs for both of them. NSW in big trouble tmr.

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