Queensland in strong position in Sheffield Shield final

Published: Saturday, March 23, 2002, 23:10 [IST]
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Brisbane: Queensland was in a strong position at stumps on Saturday after the second day of the five-day Sheffield Shield final against Tasmania at the Gabba.

After being dismissed for a first innings 302, Queensland bundled out the Islanders for a paltry 141. Queensland then advanced to a second innings 25 without loss for an overall lead of 186 runs. Tasmania's speed merchant Shayne Jurgensen finished with five for 68 as Queensland, 253 for four overnight, lost its last six wickets for only 49 runs. Andrew Symonds failed to add to his unbeaten 91, and skipper Stuart Law, resuming with 62, added only seven runs. Tasmania began steadily before former Test speedster Michael Kasprowicz took over, capturing five for 60 as Tasmania capitulated, losing seven wickets for 63 runs. Kasprowicz was well supported by Ashlet Noffke (three for 15) and Symonds (two for 20). Queensland needs only to draw to win the inter-State title for the third year in a row.

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