Queensland v Victoria, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane February 7, 2015

Wade 152 rescues Victoria

ESPNcricinfo staff

Queensland 4 for 66 trail Victoria 260 (Wade 152, George 5-78) by 194 runs

Matthew Wade scored 152 (file photo) © Getty Images

A career-best 152 from captain Matthew Wade saved Victoria's blushes at the Gabba, where none of the rest of their top eight passed 30 and Peter George completed a five-wicket haul. James Pattinson picked up two wickets on his return to the Sheffield Shield and at stumps Queensland were 4 for 66, trailing by 194 runs, with Chris Lynn on 26 and Chris Hartley on 21.

Wade won the toss and chose to bat, but led by George, Queensland ran through the Victoria top order to leave them at 4 for 31, then 7 for 126. Wade and Pattinson then came together to rescue Victoria and their 85-run stand pushed the total up past 200, before Pattinson was run out for 31 in a strange set of circumstances.

George put down a return catch off Wade, who by then had 106, but the ball ricocheted off George's hands and onto the stumps at the non-striker's end to run out Pattinson. Peter Siddle fell in the next over and a quick finish seemed possible, but Wade managed to shield the No.11 Fawad Ahmed from much of the strike as he went after late boundaries.

Wade finished with 152 from 173 deliveries, including 23 fours and two sixes, comfortably bettering his previous first-class high score of 119. George ended up with 5 for 78, his first five-wicket haul in a first-class match since October 2011, when he was playing for his home state of South Australia.

Queensland's reply began terribly when Pattinson, playing his first Shield game for more than two years, had debutant Charlie Hemphrey caught behind for a duck in the first over and his opening partner Joe Burns also caught behind for 4. Siddle and John Hastings also struck once each to leave Queensland wobbling before the experienced pair of Hartley and Lynn steadied.