Sheffield Shield 2014-15 February 17, 2015

Tasmania slump to innings defeat against Queensland

ESPNcricinfo staff

File photo - James Hopes put in an all-round performance to help Queensland dominate Tasmania © Getty Images

Queensland 320 (Hopes 98, Burns 68, Bird 4-55) beat Tasmania 149 (Dunk 71, Hopes 4-24) and 121 (Paine 41, Milenko 5-15) by an innings and 50 runs

Seamer Simon Milenko's 5 for 15, in only his second first-class game, floored Tasmania as they lost to Queensland by an innings and 50 runs inside two days.

Tasmania had been bowled out for 149 on the opening day after which Queensland's opening stand of 124 between Charlie Hemphrey and Joe Burns built a platform for a strong first-innings score. Queensland began the second day at 2 for 135 but suffered a wobble, losing five wickets for 41 runs to stumble to 7 for 181. James Hopes, who had taken four wickets on the first day, led a lower-order rally, scoring 98, and added crucial 50 and 75-run partnerships for the eighth and ninth wicket with Cameron Boyce and Mark Steketee. Their fightback helped Queensland stretch their lead to 171 runs.

Tasmania's batsman faltered in their bid to wipe out the deficit and had lost half their side for 62 by the 22nd over. Tim Paine top-scored with 41 and after he was dismissed, with the score at 6 for 108, Milenko and Steketee ran through the tail, dismissing Tasmania for 121. Steketee ended with match figures of 7 for 89 while Milenko, who had failed to take a wicket in the first innings, finished the match with 5 for 36.