Somerville chips away at Queensland's resistance

Queensland 8 for 341 (Burns 108, Forrest 79, Somerville 6-108) trail New South Wales 6 for 603 dec by 262 runs

William Somerville claimed six wickets for New South Wales but Joe Burns, Peter Forrest and Chris Hartley resisted effectively for Queensland on the penultimate day of the Sheffield Shield match at the SCG.

Forrest and Burns added 140 for the first wicket for the Bulls before they were separated by Somerville, who is gaining his opportunity as the spin spearhead for NSW due to the selection of both Steve O'Keefe and Nathan Lyon to tour India.

Burns went on to a century, and Hartley's typically dogged innings ensured that the visitors' first innings would linger on into day four of the match even as Somerville worked his way through the rest of the batting order, showing good discipline and variation on a wearing pitch.

The Blues' other spin bowler, the teenager Arjun Nair, was very economical while also picking up the wicket of Michael Neser.