Brisbane: Andrew Symonds propelled Queensland to an outright victory over Western Australia in its Sheffield Shield match at the Gabba on Saturday.
|Symonds cracked an unbeaten 75 runs off 43 balls as Queensland claimed a six-wicket victory with 33 balls to spare, getting its title defence off to a perfect start. Symonds clubbed six fours and three sixes, including one sweep shot which cleared the first tier of the eastern stand. With captain Stuart Law (27 not out) lending support, Queensland cruised to 166 for four from 27.3 overs. It was Queensland's bowlers and fielders who brought to life a match, which seemed dead until it zipped through WA's strong batting line-up for 207 midway through the final day. Ricky Ponting broke a record he shared with Sir Donald Bradman and Greg Chappell as the match between New South Wales (NSW) and Tasmania finished in a draw in Sydney. Tasmania, having secured two points for winning on the first innings, batted throughout the final day, reaching 356 for three when stumps were pulled an hour before the scheduled finish. Ponting (154) brightened an otherwise lacklustre day by scoring a century in each innings of a first-class game for the fifth time in his career to move one ahead of Bradman, Chappell, Jamie Cox and Stuart Law. In Adelaide, a run of cheap wickets cost South Australia (SA) an outright victory over Victoria. South Australia fell just 30 short of the 209-run target when it finished at 179 for five in its second innings. Ben Higgins scored his fourth half-century in four first-class matches to help SA hold out for a draw and remained unbeaten on 58. The home side took two first- innings points and had 56 overs in which to reach its target after the Victorians declared its second innings at 211 for seven. |