NSW v Queensland, Sheffield Shield, Sydney, 4th day November 25, 2013

Hauritz takes four in rainy draw

ESPNcricinfo staff

Queensland 306 and 3 for 123 drew with New South Wales 9 for 397 dec and 9 for 221 dec (Carters 67, Maddinson 67, Hauritz 4-93)

Rain prevented either side pushing for victory on the final afternoon at the SCG, where New South Wales had to settle for first-innings points in their match against Queensland. The Bulls were set an unlikely 313 to win and when the rain came shortly after the tea break, they were 3 for 135 - effectively four down with Matthew Gale injured and unable to bat - with Peter Forrest on 41 and James Hopes on 40.

Usman Khawaja had been caught behind off the bowling of Sean Abbott for 25 after Queensland lost both openers, Nathan Reardon for 22 and Greg Moller for 1. Earlier, the Blues had declared at 9 for 221, a score set up by 67 to each of the openers, Nic Maddinson and Ryan Carters.

Nathan Hauritz picked up 4 for 93 for the Bulls and sparked a mini-collapse as New South Wales lost 4 for 2 in the space of four overs. But the stand-in captain Peter Nevill steadied the Blues with 29 before the declaration came.

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  • Eddie on November 26, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    O'Keefe has to be the 2nd spinner for Australia now. Consistent wickets, most wickets for a spinner of the last few shield seasons, can bat and field well too. I would have him in the ODIs for starters, and as the 2nd test spinner if conditions apply. Such as the Adelaide test depending on the pitch, but most certainly the SCG. Lyon is steadily improving and with a left armer like O'Keefe against all the right handed English batsmen, it would be a great thing to see

  • Peter on November 25, 2013, 23:14 GMT

    Good to see batsmen making a statement, but we need to let them develop at Shield level, let them learn more about the what is required in the longer format. The future seems a little more brighter than this time last year, no doubt.

  • Paul on November 25, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Phil Hughes has had more chances than Harry Houdini! Still, batting for South Australia now he'll have to prove that it's his batting which does the talking, not like before when he played for NSW is he a shoe-in for Australian honours!

  • Robert on November 25, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Good to see Carters in the runs again. I hope he can cement his spot in the Blues line-up, he's a decent fellow and very talented.

  • James on November 25, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Ussie Khawaja continues his tumble down from the career high FC average in the fifties to the sub fourties, what a shame. Other good young batters around the country are beggining to step up too, Silk, Head, Maddinson, Carters, Lynn and Khawaja might just get left behind, Hughes has kept his head above the water with a double hundred and a fifty to follow it up.

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