NSW v Queensland, Sheffield Shield, Sydney, 3rd day November 24, 2013

O'Keefe, Maddinson give NSW hefty lead

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New South Wales 9 for 397 dec and 1 for 111 (Maddinson 67) lead Queensland 306 (Forrest 97, Hopes 56, O'Keefe 3-44, Bollinger 3-65) by 202 runs

New South Wales restricted Queensland to 306 in the first innings and finished the third day in Sydney with a lead of 202 runs with nine wickets in hand in the second innings. While Peter Forrest fell short of a hundred by three runs, left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe took three of the six Queensland wickets, including Forrest's, as NSW took a first-innings lead of 91.

Chris Lynn and Forrest started the day at 3 for 53 and Lynn added only 10 more to his overnight score of 18 before being dismissed by Trent Copeland. Forrest built two stable partnerships from there - 50 runs with Chris Hartley for the fifth wicket and 87 for the sixth wicket with James Hopes, who registered his 26th first-class fifty. Queensland were looking comfortable at 5 for 206 but Hopes, Michael Neser and Forrest were all sent back by O'Keefe to bring them down to 8 for 284. Useful contributions from the tail took Queensland past 300 and an injured Matthew Gale meant their innings was over at 306.

NSW built on their lead further with a strong opening stand of 110 between Nic Maddinson and Ryan Carters, before Maddinson was run-out for a brisk 67 in the penultimate over of the day.

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  • Eddie on November 25, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    Lyon has the runs on the board and seems to be improving. But O'Keefe should be in the ODI squad instead of Doherty and should definitely play in Sydney with Lyon in the 5th test. I would even consider playing them both in Adelaide depending on the pitch

  • Peter on November 24, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    @Beertjie. He should really be the next in line, but Lyon is just starting to deliver in tests, aided by a proper keeper behind the stumps. These 2 are way ahead of the next spinner, no doubt.

  • Mashuq on November 24, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    SOK needs to become part of the larger test squad now. This exclusion has got to stop! Are you listening, Invers?

  • Dummy4 on November 24, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    SOK is consistently good and one wonders when he gets a look in on the bigger stage?

    What about young Ryan Carters. He's putting a HUGE price on his wicket and has already scored a ton-load of runs!

  • Jeremy on November 24, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    Lyon has bowled well, but SOK should be next in line. Consistently proving he's the best spinner in Shield (plus he's handy with the bat).

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