Western Australia v Queensland, Sheffield Shield, Perth, 3rd day March 16, 2013

Burns gives Queensland narrow lead

ESPNcricinfo staff

Queensland 6 for 179 (Burns 73*, Duffield 3-46) and 164 lead Western Australia 228 (Hussey 96, Harris 6-58) by 115 runs

Ryan Harris and Michael Hussey dueled at the WACA ground before Joe Burns fought to give Queensland a narrow lead over Western Australia at stumps on day three of the Sheffield Shield match.

Both sides must win outright to elbow their way into the competition final, and Hussey's innings gave WA first-innings points despite the best efforts of Harris, who collected six wickets to further enhance his bid for an Ashes tour berth.

Hussey would ultimately fall short of a century for the second match in as many weeks, but his innings gave WA an advantage that Ryan Duffield set about using, nipping out three wickets with his left-arm swing.

Burns held his ground and pushed the lead past 100, but more will be needed on the final day.