Brisbane: Rookie fast bowler Damien MacKenzie became an unlikely hero as Queensland claimed first-innings points over New South Wales (NSW) in a tense Sheffield Shield match at the Gabba on Saturday.
MacKenzie broke the NSW resistance with three quick wickets as it was rolled for 443 in reply to Queensland's declaration of 507 for five. Queensland then made the most of batting practice in sapping heat to reach 216 for one in its second innings when the captains agreed to an early finish, with Brendan Nash following his 176 with an unbeaten 81. Jimmy Maher (60) and Martin Love (56 not out) joined in the runs. The day started out promising more for NSW and it looked likely to take the points when it crept to 405 for five. But MacKenzie (3-98) claimed the wickets of Brad Haddin (23), captain Simon Katich (43) and Stuart MacGill (0) in 19 balls to wreck NSW's hopes.
South Australia thrashes Victoria in Sheffield Shield tie