Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Jackson Bird sends Queensland crashing to 93 all out

Tasmania 355 (Doolan 115, Wade 72, George 4-76) and 132 (Wade 51, Swepson 3-17, Steketee 3-34) beat Queensland 148 (Peirson 42, Bird 5-35) and 93 (Bird 5-42, Bell 4-17) by 246 runs

A seam-bowling masterclass from Jackson Bird helped Tasmania rout Queensland in their opening Sheffield Shield clash of the season at the Gabba.

Bird took 5 for 42 in the second innings to complete his fourth ten-wicket match haul in first-class cricket after claiming 5 for 35 in the first innings in a worthy Player-of-the-Match performance.

Queensland, the defending champions who beat Tasmania in last year's final, began the fourth day needing 311 for an unlikely victory with eight wickets in hand.

But the chase never got off the ground as six of the last nine batsmen failed to reach double figures. Luke Feldman made the second-highest score of the innings with 12 not out after Joe Burns posted 16 on the third evening.

Bird rattled through the middle order with surgical precision. Charlie Hemphrey, Sam Heazlett, Nathan McSweeney and Jack Wildermuth were all caught behind the wicket to leave the Bulls decimated at 6 for 58.

There was no rearguard action from the lower order with Gabe Bell and Tom Rogers finishing the job. Bell finished with 4 for 17 as Queensland were all out for 93. Only two Bulls players, McSweeney and Jimmy Peirson, managed to make more than 18 in either innings on their seaming home track.

Queensland 4th innings Partnerships

1st0JA BurnsSJ Truloff
2nd20CR HemphreyJA Burns
3rd13CR HemphreySD Heazlett
4th7CR HemphreyNA McSweeney
5th1JD WildermuthNA McSweeney
6th17JJ PeirsonJD Wildermuth
7th6JJ PeirsonMT Steketee
8th1MT SteketeeMJ Swepson
9th14LW FeldmanMJ Swepson
10th14PR GeorgeLW Feldman