Queensland~~s Love marks Valentine~~s Day with double ton
Published: Thursday, February 14, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Love slams stylish ton as Queensland begins well
Adelaide: Queenslander Martin Love celebrated Valentine's Day with a double-century as his state unearthed another left-hander with a lust for big scores against South Australia (SA) on Thursday. Love compiled 202 before retiring hurt with a groin injury as Queensland amassed 503 for five declared in its first innings in the top-of-the-table Sheffield Shield game at Adelaide Oval. In reply, SA was 133 for one at stumps on the second day after coming into the match two points behind Queensland on the competition standings. Love was superbly supported by newcomer Brendan Nash, a left-hander with a yearning for cross-bat shots similar to that of the most famous of all Queensland lefties, Allan Border. Nash recorded his maiden first-class century and then flayed a local bowling attack, which wilted in searing temperatures before finally being dismissed for 157. Love and Nash featured in a 296-run partnership for the third wicket - a record for any Queensland pair against SA - that only ended when Love limped injured from the field. Love's innings included 21 fours and was complemented by some late big hitting from Nash (15 fours, two sixes). David Fitzgerald posted his half-century late in the day and was not out 59 at stumps, but South Australia's hopes again hinge largely on the contribution of acting captain Greg Blewett (17 not out).