South Australia v Queensland, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide October 25, 2012

Burns and Townsend give Queensland points

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South Australia 9 for 402 dec and 3 for 90 (Klinger 40, Hauritz 2-13) lead Queensland 9 for 406 dec (Townsend 129, Burns 116, Cutting 62, Christian 4-81) by 86 runs

Twin centuries from Wade Townsend and Joe Burns gave Queensland first-innings points before Nathan Hauritz picked up two late wickets to give the Bulls hope of victory with one day to play against South Australia in Adelaide. At stumps, the Redbacks were 3 for 90, with Callum Ferguson on 9 and Travis Head yet to score, and their lead was 86 runs, and if Queensland could pick up some wickets early on the final day a result was not out of the question.

South Australia lost Phillip Hughes for 8 before Michael Klinger and Sam Miller combined for a 69-run second-wicket stand that steadied the Redbacks. However, Hauritz got rid of both men late in the day, Klinger for 40 and Miller for 33, and it capped off a good day for the Bulls after they narrowly took the lead by passing South Australia's first-innings total nine wickets down.

Queensland began the day at 3 for 135, needing 403 to take first-innings points, and Townsend and Burns set about chipping away at that deficit. Burns brought up his fourth first-class century in his 20th match to confirm himself as one of Australian cricket's most talented young batsmen, and he struck 17 fours and one six in his 116.

Burns was eventually stumped by Tim Ludeman off the bowling of Daniel Christian, who also picked up Chris Hartley for a duck in his next over, but Townsend stuck around. His fifth first-class hundred was a slower affair than Burns' ton and he was finally dismissed for 129 from 307 deliveries when he was trapped lbw by Nathan Lyon.

A brisk half-century from the bowler Ben Cutting, who has already made a first-class hundred this year, got the Bulls to within one run of first-innings points when he was out for 62. But the last pair, Luke Feldman and Cameron Boyce, made sure the points belonged to Queensland, who then declared at 9 for 406, with a lead of four.

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  • Andrew on October 26, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    @nthuq on (October 25 2012, 08:45 AM GMT) - I think Sth Oz bowling was fairly disciplined on a reasonable batting strip & it was Cutting that belted the Sth Ozzy attack. He is a low-order batsmen who hits big & if his eye was in, was always going to hit a sixes & fours. Anyways IMO, I didn't think they were "shameful"!

  • Andrew on October 26, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    @Macca_mat on (October 25 2012, 12:22 PM GMT) - whilst i agree with what you say, someone (not Hyclass) did mention that Burns has an average "near 100" against the Sth Ozzys earlier in the week.

  • Mariam on October 25, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    @Rahul_Ashok yes Hughes got out in slips but you have to admit he has improved this season. @Hyclass would you rate Burns century as non-consequential given it was against the Redbacks, you use the same logic against Khawaja. I would say it was a good century and wouldn't put it down just because it was against SA.

  • Gnske on October 25, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    @ Rahul_Ashok: I would think so, Forrest caught him and he fields in the slips.

    Burns is a class player, wouldn't be surprised to see him in the national team in the near future.

  • Luke on October 25, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    @Rahul_Ashok yea it was in slips again unfortunately

  • Andrew on October 25, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Well done Burns, a couple more of those this summer & you will be touring.

  • Rahul on October 25, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Very good innings by Burns, guys how did Hughes get out, was it in slips, I didn't see the highlights

  • Noor on October 25, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Great to see Burns reach his century, but shameful to see that the Redback's bowling was typically weak. I tuned in to the stream just after Lyon had removed Townsend, hoping to see the man pick up a few more wickets, only to behold Botha's strange field settings. He had set Lyon a few close in positions but everyone else seemed to be back on the rope! It didn't surprise me at all to see Lyon lose his line and length and get hit for regular boundaries and singles. While I do admire Botha's gumption in announcing the Redback's lack of steel after his first game as captain, he certainly doesn't seem to have brought any steel himself.

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