Qld v WA, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane February 4, 2013

Bulls push ahead on 15-wicket day

ESPNcricinfo staff

Queensland 5 for 144 lead Western Australia 111 (Gannon 4-49, Hopes 3-21) by 33 runs
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Queensland joined Victoria on 22 points at the top of the Sheffield Shield table on a day when 15 wickets fell at the Gabba. Ten of those were in Western Australia's first innings, which concluded for a mere 111 after the visitors had been sent in.

Conditions in Brisbane were helpful to seam bowlers but not exactly unplayable, yet the Warriors were rounded up in only 51.5 overs, Adam Voges the only man to threaten a score of substance in making 38 while wickets fell around him.

The Bulls shared the wickets, Cameron Gannon nipping out four and James Hopes three, Matthew Gale accounting for the in-form Shaun Marsh. Michael Hussey was a victim of Gannon, edging behind for five.

Setting off in pursuit of a meagre total, Greg Moller and Luke Pomersbach guided Queensland to 83 without loss, before WA's bowlers struck in the final session. Newly announced as a developmental tourist to India, the left-arm spinner Ashton Agar claimed another two wickets as the Bulls slipped to 5 for 100.

However Hopes and Chris Hartley, captain and deputy, guided their side into the lead and an imposing position by the close.

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