Brisbane: Champions Queensland extended its competition lead with a record-breaking win over Tasmania in the Sheffield Shield match at the Gabba in Brisbane on Friday.
| The Queenslanders won by 10 wickets, with 27 minutes remaining until tea on the second day of the match. The match length of 569 minutes became Australia's shortest domestic four-day match, surpassing the 600 minutes between Victoria and Western Australia in Melbourne in 1975-76. Tasmania was dismissed for just 82 in its second innings to add to Thursday's total of 100, leaving Queensland chasing just 51 runs for victory. Brendan Nash (35 not out) and Jimmy Maher (13 not out) wiped off the run chase in quick time, sending Queensland 10 points clear of New South Wales (NSW) on the competition table. In Sydney, Western Australia held the whip hand over NSW after the opening day, reaching 147 for two at stumps in reply to NSW's 215. WA was cruising at 127 without loss, but NSW fast bowler Stuart Clark dismissed Scott Meuleman for 60 and Kade Harvey for five just before the close. Simon Katich (8) and Mike Hussey (55) survived in fading light. Brad Haddin cracked 50 from 56 balls but failed to go on with the job, just like youngster Michael Clarke (43), Test discard Michael Slater (40) and Michael Bevan (26) in the NSW innings. Seamer Kade Harvey finished with his best first-class figures of four for 43. In Melbourne, Victoria claimed its first points of the season and had South Australia in trouble at stumps on day two of its match. SA ended the day at 74 for two in its second innings still trailing by 102 runs overall after Victoria earlier made 405 in its first innings. The stars for Victoria were teenage leg spinner Cameron White who made 91 and veteran skipper Paul Reiffel with 75. |