Thatscricket - News - ~~Lucky~~ Law helps Queensland keep title
Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Brisbane: Queensland retained the Australian domestic cricket title by beating Victoria by four wickets in the Pura Cup Sheffield Shield final at the Gabba on Tuesday.Captain Stuart Law, dropped twice on his way to 47 not out, led Queensland to 224 for six midway through the fifth day to clinch victory. With Andrew Bichel (six not out) offering valuable support, Queensland recovered from the loss of wicket-keeper Wade Seccombe (12) in the first over after lunch to win its fourth title in seven seasons.It began the final day at 137 for two, needing 37 runs for victory. Martin Love (52) was the first batsman out to Victorian skipper Paul Reiffel, who almost had another wicket with the next ball when Law edged a catch to Michael Klinger at a wide slip.Klinger and the Victorians were adamant the catch had been taken but Law stood his ground and third umpire Peter Parker had to let him stay when the replays were inconclusive.He was then caught behind off a Reiffel no-ball when he had scored 4, dropped by Matthew Elliott when he had scored 10 and dropped by Matthew Mott at 39."I had a bit of luck but you need that in these games," Law said. Victoria has not won in Brisbane for 17 years.