Sheffield Shield, Queensland v Western Australia March 17, 2013

Hopes sweeps away Western Australia

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Queensland 164 (Pomersbach 57, Cockley 4-50) and 9 for 336 dec (Neser 77, Burns 76, Harris 54*, Duffield 4-83, Cockley 3-87) beat Western Australia 228 (M Hussey 96, Harris 6-58) and 152 (Hopes 4-42) by 120 runs

Queensland swept to victory over Western Australia on the final day at the WACA ground to clinch a place in the Sheffield Shield final, where they have the chance to defend last year's title.

James Hopes, Ryan Harris and Nathan Hauritz were the chief wicket-takers for the Bulls as WA never threatened their fourth innings target of 273. Both sides needed an outright win to clamber across a tightly packed Shield table and reach the final, and it was the visitors who were rewarded for fighting hard and well after a poor start to the match.

Still catching up from their first innings dismissal for 164, the Bulls began the day with a narrow lead and only four wickets in hand, but half centuries from Michael Neser and Ryan Harris stretched the advantage so effectively that Hopes was granted the luxury of declaring at lunch.

The Warriors quickly slipped to 5 for 71 and this time there were to be no late order heroics from the hosts, who had pushed themselves into contention for a spot in the final with a trio of remarkable comeback wins in the three rounds prior to this one.

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  • Paul on March 19, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Dean Malone, couldn't agree more. Hopes was given half a chance in the ODI side and never did anything wrong. He rarely shone, but being the fourth seamer and batting eight, what could he do but consistently perform and occasionally save our ass, which is exactly what he did. But he wasn't a fashionable allrounder, so he never got a real chance. His experience would be GOLD in the test side right now. And Hartley is rapidly becoming a 21st century version of Ray Phillips - best keeper in the country and not getting a run, despite the national side suffering for a decent gloveman.

  • Andrew on March 18, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    @Dean Malone - QLD do get the raw prawn in National selection. Hopes (IMO), has probably had injuries at the wroong times in his career - identically to the other like for like allrounder AB Mac (who I think is a better bat, but marginally lessor bowler). @Matt Gibb - the thing is though, apart from Burns & Khawaja - no QLD batsmen has deserved a spot in the side, & even they have some holes in their season. Burns must tour for experience in England this year. @swauzzie on (March 17, 2013, 14:42 GMT) - it would be a pretty amazing clean sweep as at no stage did QLD look likely to even reach the final in all 3 formats! I think Lehman MUST be the next Oz coach -sooner rather than later!

  • Simon on March 17, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    That was an exciting finish to the comp. if anyone was watching. Under a new captain NSW went from last to first for a couple of days after SA fell over. Victoria were no match for the Tasmanians and a late order batting surge from Qld saw them post an excellent score and way to many for WA in the timeframe. Tasmania will win but we're seeing the re-emergence of Ryan Harris as a force.

  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    Dean, Hopes has had more than a fair run in the ODI side and has a pretty mediocre record. One that would not translate well into test cricket.

    He also bowls on a friendly Gabba pitch for half the season.

  • Satish on March 17, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    Australia finally peg one back from Eng now they got their own home grown South Afrikaans super star all rounder in Michael Nesser. Good future prospect.

  • Per on March 17, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Would be a fitting end (should you happen to be a QUEENSLANDER!) to win the sheild this year too! Then all 3 domestic prizes would be where they belong in QLD!

  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Deano, mate, the problem is that Hopes is a little old. He's not old by most people's standards, but he is getting up there. I totally agree with you, btw, and I think that Hartley should also be first choice wickey, but as it is, at least QLD has its full side to play and we can't blame any QLDers for the awful collapses in India!

  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Go the Bulls. A gross injustice that the current holder of all three Australian domestic trophies should have no representatives in the Australian Test Squad. The raw deal dealt to James Hopes ranks up there with Brad Hodge and Chris Rogers. How much weight is paid to marketability vs performance? Rank Hopes vs Henriques, Hastings and Watson on performance, consistency and durability. 0 tests?? An interstate move south of the border may be in order...

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