Queensland v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane, 2nd day February 15, 2016

Hopes counterattack lifts Queensland to lead

ESPNcricinfo staff

Queensland 7 for 343 (Hopes 94, Heazlett 56, Hartley 47*) lead Tasmania 300 by 43 runs

File photo: James Hopes drilled 16 fours for his 94 © Getty Images

James Hopes, coming in at No.8, blasted 94 off 60 balls, guiding Queensland to an innings lead against Tasmania in Brisbane. Tasmania, who began the day at 9 for 269, lasted just five overs in the morning, as Mitchell Swepson quickly bowled the last batsman Sam Rainbird.

Queensland, though, began their reply poorly, as the opener Matt Renshaw was run out in the sixth over. The team was dealt another blow when Charlie Hemphrey was trapped lbw, but Marnus Labuschagne and Chris Lynn led a recovery, putting up 71 runs for the third wicket. Both batsmen eventually fell in the space of four overs, but Sam Heazlett kept the runs flowing, his 56 taking the team over the 200-run mark.

Tasmania might have had one eye on an innings lead when Hamish Kingston dismissed Heazlett to leave Queensland six down and still 91 runs away from parity, but Hopes quickly helped his team regain the advantage by smashing 16 fours during his blast, and stringing together 128 runs for the seventh wicket with the captain Chris Hartley. Hopes scored at a strike-rate of 156.66, and though he fell just short of what would have been a sixth first-class ton, his blitz gave Queensland a lead of 43. Hartley was unbeaten on 47 when stumps were called.

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  • Eddie on February 17, 2016, 5:41 GMT

    Hopes could've been a perfect 6 or 7 for the Aussie test side. A very consistent performer who is a real leader. Hartley after a lean start with his batting in his career, has averaged close to 40 with the he bat in the last five or six years

  • Olivier on February 16, 2016, 7:25 GMT

    Pity both are considered too old for national duties and Hopes should be batting at least 7 for Queensland as every scorecard i see he seems to score a 50 often not out. As for Hartley, pretty much the same probably what kept him back from national duties was lack of big hundreds as he bats in the traditional wicketkeepers position and Queensland has the weakest tail in the competition I'd say. Not for lack of consistency as he's always scoring these valuable runs too besides being a better wicketkeeper than Nevill from what i've seen. Pity the selectors a few years ago were obsessed with Haddin and had a great players in the allrounder spots.

  • Mustansir on February 16, 2016, 4:45 GMT

    these two guys hopes and hartley are most unluckiest cricketers from australia who never have worn baggy green cap, while players like quiney, wade, doherty, beer, etc. have privilege to worn baggy green

  • Mike on February 15, 2016, 21:11 GMT

    Are Hopes and Hartley the best value for money players in the competition? They just keep turning up.

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