South Australia v Queensland, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide October 26, 2012

Queensland batsmen hang on for draw

ESPNcricinfo staff

Queensland 9 for 406 dec and 6 for 129 (Kemp 33, Worrall 3-36) drew with South Australia 9 for 402 dec and 225 (Christian 71)

Queensland's batsmen clung on to deny South Australia the chance to end their long drought without a Sheffield Shield win as the match in Adelaide petered out to draw on the final afternoon. Set 222 for victory, the Bulls initially appeared keen to go for the runs but after they stumbled to 5 for 101 they shut up shop and played for the draw, finishing at 6 for 129 with Joe Burns on 16 and Nathan Hauritz on 0.

It was a disappointing end for the Redbacks, who had their best chance for some time for a Shield win, but their drought has now stretched to 19 matches without a victory. To add to their frustration, Queensland took the only points from the match, having scraped past South Australia's first innings of 402 with nine wickets down.

The debutant Daniel Worrall gave the Redbacks some hope with his 3 for 36, including the opener Alex Kemp (33), Usman Khawaja (26) and Peter Forrest, who made 16 from 11 balls. Nathan Lyon also picked up two wickets but in the end South Australia ran out of time, although the Bulls could have said the same thing, finishing 93 runs short of their victory target.

The day began with the Redbacks adding 135 to their overnight score as Daniel Christian posted 71 with some support from the tail. Ben Cutting, Nathan Hauritz and Cameron Boyce finished with two wickets each.