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December 10, 2013
Queensland 7 for 382 dec and 2 for 208 (Burns 102, Pomersbach 85) lead Victoria 371 (Hussey 77, White 76, Handscomb 52, McDermott 5-78) by 219 runs
Joe Burns scored his first hundred of the Sheffield Shield season but then became wicketkeeper Matthew Wade's maiden victim as a first-class bowler as Queensland extended their lead on the third day at the Gabba. After the Bulls narrowly secured first-innings points by bowling Victoria out for 371 - 11 runs short of their own total - they proceeded to grow their advantage with a 193-run opening stand between Burns and Luke Pomersbach.
The pair had put on 131 in the first innings and bettered it in the second, their partnership only ending when Pomersbach was caught behind off Scott Boland for 85. Ten overs later, captain Wade brought himself on to bowl his skiddy medium-pacers - only seen previously in one over in a Test against Sri Lanka last summer - and his second ball provided a difficult return catch to end the innings of Burns on 102.
Stumps was immediately called with Queensland on 2 for 208, with Usman Khawaja at the crease on 6 and the lead having ballooned to 219 runs. The Bulls will hope to push for victory on the final day after denying Victoria first-innings points, which appeared destined for the Bushrangers when they were 7 for 368 in reply to Queensland's 382.
But James Hopes and Alister McDermott finished off the tail quickly to dismiss Victoria for 371, after the Bushrangers had earlier lost their best hope, David Hussey for 77. Daniel Christian (39) and John Hastings (47) both contributed to Victoria's cause but were among the victims of McDermott, who finished with 5 for 78.
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