NSW v Queensland, Sheffield Shield, Canberra November 27, 2012

Reardon and Hartley save Bulls from disaster

ESPNcricinfo staff

Queensland 7 for 198 (Reardon 71, Hartley 66) v New South Wales

Nathan Reardon and Chris Hartley saved Queensland from embarrassment on the first day against New South Wales in Canberra, where the Bulls stumbled to 4 for 18 after choosing to bat. At stumps, Queensland had recovered to 7 for 198, with Ben Cutting on 23 and Cameron Gannon on 4, after the loss of Reardon for 71 late in the day.

Doug Bollinger picked up two wickets from the first three balls of the match, trapping Wade Townsend lbw for a golden duck and Usman Khawaja lbw for a second-ball duck. Bollinger's fellow left-armer Josh Lalor then got rid of Joe Burns for 1 from 30 deliveries and Peter Forrest for 17 to leave the Bulls in serious trouble, before Reardon and Hartley staged a recovery.

Their 117-run partnership put the match back on a slightly more even keel, although both men had lives early - both dropped by Steven Smith. Reardon was put down on 2 and Hartley on 8 off the bowling of Bollinger, and the misses proved costly for New South Wales.

Eventually it was the debutant legspinner Adam Zampa who removed both batsmen, before the captain Steve O'Keefe chipped in with the wicket of Nathan Hauritz.