Hopes, Wildermuth bowl Queensland to win
Queensland 190 and 184 (Hartley 55*, Tremain 4-40, Stoinis 3-31) beat Victoria 147 and 127 (Quiney 53, Hopes 4-43, Wildermuth 3-26) by 100 runs
Veteran James Hopes and rookie Jack Wildermuth combined to bowl Queensland to victory inside three days in a low-scoring Sheffield Shield match against Victoria. Set 228 for victory, the Bushrangers were skittled for 127 as Hopes collected four wickets and Wildermuth picked up three, with Rob Quiney's 53 the only innings of note for Victoria.
Batting was tough throughout the match at the Gabba, with Queensland's first innings of 190 the highest total of the game. They resumed their second innings on 9 for 174 on the third morning and added only 10 runs for the loss of their last wicket, but they already had enough of a lead given the scoring trend of the match.
Mark Steketee and Peter George picked up early wickets to leave Victoria at 2 for 15, but it was Hopes and Wildermuth who did most of the rest of the damage. Hopes picked up 4 for 43 and Wildermuth finished with 3 for 26, continuing his emergence after he made his first-class debut late last season.
Wildermuth has a rookie contract with the Bulls and previously worked as a barista at the Allan Border Field. "It was only a couple of years ago he was making us coffees," Hopes told reporters after play, "so he has come a long way in a short time."