Love conquers all, but Hussey dashes Hopes

Published: Thursday, November 13, 2003, 23:31 [IST]
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Melbourne: It was a lucky November 13 for Test right-hander Martin Love as he posted his highest Sheffield Shield cricket score of 256 not out here on the third day of Queensland's clash with Victoria. Love's score beat his previous best of 228 in this competition as Queensland cracked 526 for five wickets, leading Victoria's first innings 381 for nine wickets declared by 145 runs with a day remaining. It was the highest individual first-class score at the Junction Oval, beating the 249 South African Kepler Wessels made for Queensland against Victoria in 1982-83. Love, the Queensland skipper, and James Hopes also shared a record fifth wicket stand of 236 for Queensland in the competition, beating the old mark of 231. But part time spinner David Hussey caught and bowled the unlucky Hopes for 97. Love's big score was the sixth double-century in only 26 domestic first-class matches at the ground. It was Love's eighth first-class double-century. His highest score in all first- class games is 273 for Durham in the English County championship. In Hobart, Tasmania were struggling to reach the first innings 453 for five declared by New South Wales at Bellerive Oval on Thursday. The islanders ended the second day with a troubled 230 for five wickets, with Dan Marsh unbeaten on 57. Test leg-spinner Stuart MacGill, returning from injury, snared two for 69, while former Test paceman Matt Nicholson picked up two for 44. Copyright AFP 2001

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