The legspinner Cameron Boyce helped Queensland begin their Sheffield Shield season with victory over Victoria at the Gabba, where Rob Quiney's century wasn't enough for the Bushrangers to salvage a draw
Queensland 355 and 9 for 243 dec (Forrest 101, Robinson 51) beat Victoria 298 and 234 (Quiney 109, Boyce 4-78, Magoffin 3-42) by 66 runs Scorecard
The legspinner Cameron Boyce helped Queensland begin their Sheffield Shield season with victory over Victoria at the Gabba, where Rob Quiney's century wasn't enough for the Bushrangers to salvage a draw. Victoria were set 301 to win after Peter Forrest scored his first ton for the Bulls, and while Quiney was at the crease, the visitors had some hope of chasing down the target.
Quiney brought up his hundred with a straight drive for four off Steve Magoffin, but the fast man had his revenge soon afterwards when he had Quiney caught at slip for 109. It was one of seven catches - a Queensland record - taken in the match by Andrew Robinson, who snared five takes in the second innings alone.
After Quiney departed, Boyce began to trouble the middle and lower order, driving Queensland closer to victory. Victoria's last pair, Ryan Carters and Darren Pattinson, steadied the Bushrangers by surviving ten overs, but with three overs remaining and a draw within sight, Carters edged Boyce (4 for 78) to Robinson at slip to confirm the Bulls' win.
Things could hardly have worked out any better for Queensland, who declared at 9 for 243, after Forrest (101) completed his fourth first-class century, in his first game for the Bulls after relocating from New South Wales. The result was a fine effort from Queensland, who had lost their captain James Hopes, bowler Chris Swan and the star batsman Chris Lynn to injuries in the lead-up to the game.