Queensland v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane November 7, 2013

Lynn fires after Bailey fails

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Queensland 3 for 131 (Lynn 74*, Hartley 52) trail Tasmania 407 (Silk 107, Cowan 78, Cosgrove 74, Dunk 54, Gannon 5-53) by 276 runs

Chris Lynn continued his strong start to the first-class summer and Chris Hartley also scored a half-century, but Test hopeful George Bailey failed to grasp his chance on the second day at Allan Border Field. Bailey had started the morning on 34 and failed to add to his overnight score before he edged behind off Ryan Harris, who had tested him during a challenging spell on the first afternoon.

Ed Cowan (78) also failed to add significantly to his total but Ben Dunk made 54 in Tasmania's 407 before he was one of five wickets for Cameron Gannon, who was in his first Shield game back after his bowling action was cleared. Harris warmed up for the first Ashes Test with 2 for 127 from his 34 overs.

In reply, Queensland were forced to move Hartley up the order to open after the intended opener Nick Stevens suffered a knee injury, and Hartley enjoyed the opportunity by scoring 52. But it was his partner during a 120-run stand, Lynn, who could yet go on to triple-figures, after finishing unbeaten on 74 as the Bulls moved on to 3 for 131.

Lynn had starred in Queensland's successful Ryobi Cup final performance and then scored 104 and 61 not out against the touring England side for a Western Australian Invitational XI in Perth. Lynn struck 11 boundaries in his unbeaten 74 and will begin on the third morning within sight of what could become his first Shield ton in two and a half years.

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  • Andrew on November 9, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    @Shaggy076 on (November 7, 2013, 11:40 GMT) - Travis Heads plays the best 25 ball innings I have ever seen in cricket! He comes in - almost invariably creams the first ball or two he faces for 4, gets to about a run a ball 20 - gets tied down for half a dozen & gets out. He is young, so has plenty of time, I think he if he learns patience - he will be a top test batsmen.

  • rob on November 8, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Lynn looks a million bucks so far this year. Crisp, clean and decisive when he plays a shot and really solid in defence when it ain't the one to hit. .. All I can say is that if he can keep it up till christmas he could make his debut this year, let alone 2016. I'd say he's got a bit of ground to make up on the front runners, but runs are runs. I agree with Bill Lawry when he says 'If you're good enough, you're old enough' so I don't see his age as an issue. Joe Root's only 20 or so.

  • James on November 8, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    @Villageblacksmith: Clive Rose, Adam Zampa, Cameron Boyce, Agar are all young spinners coming through and i can already say they are better than any guys you have in your system if Kerrigan is the best you can throw up after Swann!

  • Dale on November 8, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    @Beertjie My 2016 team would look something like 1. Silk 2. Warner (c) 3. Maddinson 4. Lynn 5. Burns 6. Doolan (a surprising omission from your group) 7. Hartley (best gloveman in the country and bring some experience into the side) 8. Pattinson 9. Cummins 10. Sayers 11. Boyce, With Faulkner Hughes, Khawaja, Agar, Bird and Faulkner on standby

    I worry about the lack of experience though so maybe Cosgrove or someone like Pete Forrest in there to add a bit of experience to the mix, although by 2016 Hughes would be a senior head and could fill that void.

    I still don't rate Smith. IMO he's done just enough to barely justify a spot in a struggling team, he's nothing special despite his hype.

  • Dale on November 8, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    VillageBlacksmith I'm not sure what you're on about mate. Silk has had a stellar start to his career, Maddinson killed it in the Aus A tours of England and SA, Doolan has done well. Agar is one of 4 promising young spinners we have. Cameron Boyce just took 7for. Regardless please name one 19 year old spinner who set the world on fire?

  • Graham on November 7, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    xtrafalgarx - I'm unfairly hard on Head as a Redback supporter because we rely on him so heavily as Raphael cant get past 20, Smith is new and Botha a bowler bats 6. Its unfortunate as Head is only 19 years old and the Redbacks need him to be making tons.

  • Peter on November 7, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    @ VillageBlacksmith. Best look at what your lot are offering up for the future. I'll take Agar over Kerrigan thanks, & have a look at the records your English Lions set when they toured down here earlier this year. The future ain't too bright for your mob either, old chap, not too bright at all.

  • Dummy4 on November 7, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    @Beertjie, somehow I just don't see Khawaja making it and Burns is also having serious struggles just now. 2016 isn't that far away either! I'd be thinking Siddle and Lyon will still be very prominent.

    Kurtis Patterson looks good to me too, judging from what i've seen myself, he seems to have lots of time to play the ball, reminded me a lot of Michael Bevan actually, I just hope he plays the short stuff better! I'm also expecting Maddinson to leap frog past Hughes and Ussie if he can have a big shield season or two, certainly he is beginning to show signs that he could be a very good batsman across all formats. I like this kind of adaptability and consistency of players across the different teams, for batsmen at least.

    I think we'll see lots of other bowling options emerging too, we really need a genuine new ball bowler rather than three blokes who all lack the control to work a batsman over with a proper fast bowling enquiry.

  • Peter on November 7, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    @Beertjie. Put this name away for a couple of years & wait till he shows up in FC cricket. Jake Doran. This guy is worth keeping an eye on. He is 16yo.

  • James on November 7, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    @Shaggy, You were tough on Head before haha, he looks like a good young bat. Starting to show consistency now.

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