Queensland routs Tasmania to claim innings points

Published: Thursday, December 13, 2001, 22:31 [IST]
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Brisbane: Champions Queensland routed Tasmania before claiming first innings points on an eventful opening day of its Sheffield Shield match on Thursday.
Tasmania was skittled for just 100, Michael Di Venuto top scoring with 28, but Queensland's batsmen also struggled on a testing Gabba wicket and were dismissed for 132. Tasmania was six without loss in its second innings at stumps. The bowlers dominated, with Queenslander Andrew Bichel (four for 54) staking his claim for a return to the Test squad and Joe Dawes taking 3-4 from nine overs. The Tasmanians were bowled out for their lowest score against Queensland and were staring at a hefty deficit before they put the brakes on Queensland who had edged to 52 for one. Shane Jurgensen (four for 16) took two wickets in as many balls, to restrict Queensland to just a 32-run innings lead. In Melbourne, Victoria was on target to claim its first points of the season after the opening day of its match against South Australia. At stumps, Victoria was 103 for three in reply to South Australia's first innings 229. Ian Harvey (29) and Michael Klinger (8) were at the crease and Brad Hodge was dropped down the order after he was struck a nasty blow in the face while fielding. The star of South Australia's innings was opener Ben Johnson who became the first batsman in 30 years to carry his bat in Australian first-class cricket by making 138 not out. However SA skipper Darren Lehmann made only 12 meaning he is still 17 runs short of former teammate Jamie Siddons' Sheffield Shield record of 10,643 runs.

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