Love slams stylish ton as Queensland begins well

Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Adelaide: Martin Love scored a stylish century against South Australia (SA) as Sheffield Shield leaders Queensland dominated the opening day of the top-of-the- table match on Wednesday.

Love's unbeaten 120 steered the Queenslanders to a commanding 257 for two at stumps. The right-hander was in control of the SA bowlers at a sweltering Adelaide Oval. Love strode to the crease after paceman Mark Harrity trapped opener Jerry Cassell lbw for a golden duck with the first ball of the match. But SA had to wait more than three hours before experiencing success again as Love joined acting captain Jimmy Maher to thwart the home bowlers. Maher, assuming the leadership in the absence of Stuart Law (broken finger) and playing his 100th first-class match for his state, also appeared set for a big innings before being dismissed for 66 by emerging quick Paul Rofe. Inexperienced right-hander Brendan Nash (59) then joined the veteran Love and combined in an unbroken 119-run partnership for the third wicket.

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