Queensland triumphs to wrap up Sheffield Shield title

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2002, 2:44 [IST]
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Brisbane: Queensland wrapped up its fifth Sheffield Shield title in eight seasons on Tuesday when it crushed Tasmania outright by 235 runs in the final of the Australian domestic cricket competition at the Gabba Ground.

Needing 530 to win, Tasmania was all out in its second innings for 294 almost an hour after lunch on the fifth day. The result means that Tasmania is still without a success in the contest after taking part for 25 years. Resuming with 190 for four wickets on the final day of the five-day showdown, Tasmania added only 104 runs. Queensland was in command for most of the game after being sent in and making 302 in its first innings and then dismissing the Islanders for a paltry 141 to lead by 161. The Queenslanders became the first team to snap up the inter-State title three years in a row since Western Australia achieved a hat-trick under former Australian Test left-hander Graeme Wood from the 1986-87 campaign. Queensland's golden run follows a stretch of 68 years without winning the competition, which it entered in 1926-27.

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