Victoria v Qld, Sheffield Shield, Melbourne, 1st day March 11, 2014

Hopes gives Queensland strong start

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Victoria 8 for 197 (Hussey 58, Hastings 50, Hopes 4-35, Feldman 3-30) v Queensland

Queensland captain James Hopes proved dangerous with the new ball before Victoria recovered somewhat through half-centuries to David Hussey and John Hastings on the first day in Melbourne. Hopes took three early wickets to leave Victoria at 3 for 17 but when stumps was called following an afternoon rain interruption the Bushrangers had moved on to 8 for 197, with Jon Holland on 8, having just lost his partner Hastings for 50.

The fourth-placed Bulls have an outside chance of reaching the Sheffield Shield final but they would need everything to fall their way in this last round, and things began well for them as Hopes ran through Rob Quiney, Marcus Stoinis and Dean Russ cheaply. But Hussey and Peter Handscomb led the recovery for Victoria with a 93-run stand that ended when Handscomb (43) fell to an outstanding catch from Chris Lynn at mid-on off the bowling of Cameron Boyce.

Soon afterwards, Hussey edged Luke Feldman to slip for 58 and when Hopes return to bowl Matthew Wade cheaply, a quick finish to the innings seemed possible. However, Hastings was able to hold off the Queensland attack with some help from Scott Boland and Holland, although Feldman picked up the wickets of both Boland and Hastings.

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  • James on March 11, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    What on earth is wrong with the Vics? Start of the season they easily had the strongest looking side on paperbut have hardly delivered! White, Hussey, Rogers, they could hardly find a spot!

  • Eddie on March 11, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    @Zanzibar. He stats are good but Andrew McDonald has the best all round stats after Watson. Nearly 40 with the bat, including 11 hundreds, and over 200 wickets at 29. Very unlucky not to play more than his 4 tests a few years back. Got injured at the wrong rime, as he could have replaced Watson during Shane's many absences

  • Anthony on March 11, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    Hopes has always been unfashionable, but his first class figures don't lie. They're better than just about any all-rounder going around in Australia.

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    @Mitty2: I've always been convinced that Hopes has been hard done by with the selectors. They dropped him just as he was getting regular playing time in the ODI and T20 squads, and now he's gone on to captain Queensland with aplomb! I also think that this Queensland team has been so underdone by CA for so many years. They have quality players that just never seem to be selected (Cutting, Feldman, Boyce) and players that are now on the fringes that probably won't be picked because they're from QLD. It's a conspiracy, I tell you! :P

  • Hamish on March 11, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Jeez Hopes is in some bowling form - seems a lesser Vernon Philander with the new ball at 5km/h slower. Which team did Qld play last? I'm pretty sure he tore them apart there as well.

    Another pathetic batting performance from Vic. It really has no end. Stoinis after a million failures finally dominates last week... but fails here. Quiney, Wade and the like fail again. The only shining batting likes are (as usual) Hussey, Hastings and maybe even Handscomb). With us having the worst bowling line up out of all states this game's only going in one direction. I'll pop down early tomorrow for a while and hopefully get a glimpse of Lynn and Burns batting.

    I guess, in comparison to the other teams we've actually done well, so I should lay off a bit. Instruction from CA to go from pink ball on to green tops after all the other pitches being flat? That's a nice conspiracy.

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