New South Wales v Queensland, Sheffield Shield, Sydney, 1st day March 1, 2012

Blues let off hook by Queensland

ESPNcricinfo staff

New South Wales 4 for 207 (Hughes 73, Harris 3-69) v Queensland

New South Wales made a sturdy start to their bid to thwart Queensland's Sheffield Shield final ambitions, reaching 4 for 207 with the help of three dropped catches by the time rain brought an early close to day one of the match at the SCG.

The Blues were led at the top of the order by Phillip Hughes, who made 73 though he was dropped in the slips on four from the bowling of Ryan Harris. Simon Katich was turfed on the way to 42, and Brad Haddin also survived a chance in the slips before finishing the day unbeaten on 10.

Playing in Sydney after losing his place in the Australian ODI team, Harris was the most dangerous member of the Bulls' attack, snaring 3-69. Steve Magoffin bowled tidily and claimed the wicket of Hughes.

Queensland need to win outright to be assured of a place in the final, with third-placed Tasmania pressing for six points against South Australia in Adelaide.

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  • Dummy4 on March 1, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    a QLD attack with Harris and Cutting is probably as good as any intl attack out a commendable performance by the Blues, just a ltl bit wrd abt the sudden form slump of Khawaja at the worst time

  • Mariam on March 1, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    Hughes was very lucky, he got dropped in the slips again when he was on 2, he still hasn't overcome his weakness's against good fast bowling outside the off stump.

  • Andrew on March 1, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Man Haddin was lucky - he got dropped without scoring - would of been 3 ducks on the trott! Maybe that was the good bit of fortune he needed to get back on track! Good to see Hughes & Smith making runs.

  • Dummy4 on March 1, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Some sloppy fielding and the unlikelyhood of 4 complete days play will make it tres difficile for Qeensland to score an outright victory in this decider for a finals berth.

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