Queensland v Victoria, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane, 3rd day December 10, 2013

Wade takes wicket of centurion Burns

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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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  • Aaron on December 11, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    @ss1981; Wade was deliberately bowling part-timers to try to get Queensland to set a competitive target. But having said that, Haberfield isn't showing much, Boland has been inconsistent, McKay is having a shocking season, and Christan hasn't been anything better than average. Not sure if anyone's around in the lower levels who can come in and actually improve things though.

  • Scott on December 11, 2013, 2:19 GMT

    When Shane Watson injures himself again, perhaps Matty Wade could come in as the batting all rounder.

    Seriously though.. Victoria's bowling has become second rate at best. As of lunch in the Shield game today, the only wickets the Bushrangers took, were from the part timers, Aaron Finch and Dave Hussey. We've fallen so far.

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    If Burnsy goes on to have a big season, he should be in the Test team at number 6 ! Too much of class to ignore ... The X factor this season would however be Luke Pomers... Betting him to be in the top 4 run getters this shield !

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Pommers should be in the T20 squad..

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