Haddin makes fifty as Blues eye victory
Queensland 222 and 5 for 113 need another 322 runs to beat New South Wales 386 and 8 for 270 dec (Maddinson 72, Haddin 50*, McDermott 4-44)
Brad Haddin warmed up for the first Test with a quick unbeaten 50 as New South Wales set up what should become a comfortable Sheffield Shield victory against Queensland in Brisbane. At stumps on the third day, the Bulls were 5 for 113 in their chase of 435, needing an unlikely 322 more for victory, and they had Chris Lynn at the crease on 34 alongside Chris Hartley on 2.
The Blues had a big lead on the first innings and that advantage grew further when Nic Maddinson, Haddin and the rest of the New South Wales top order contributed to a second innings of 8 for 270 before the declaration came. David Warner was bowled by Alister McDermott for 21 but his fellow opener Maddinson continued his prolific match with 72 to add to his first-innings 87.
Maddinson struck six fours and two sixes before he was caught off the legspin of Cameron Boyce, while Test batsman Steven Smith made a quick 36 as the Blues chased fast runs. Haddin finished on 50 not out and McDermott ended up with 4 for 44 for Queensland.