Queensland sniff victory after Seccombe~~s ton
Published: Sunday, November 30, 2003, 18:41 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
Bichel among wickets ahead of Gabba
Sydney: A defiant century by Queensland wicketkeeper Wade Seccombe left his side in a strong position to wrap up an outright victory over South Australia in the Sheffield Shield domestic first class clash at Adelaide Oval. Seccombe hit a valuable 115 -- his fourth century in first-class ranks to rescue his team after a disastrous 46 for five wickets start in their second innings. Queensland finally made 272, leaving South Australia needing 284 to win. South Australia began shakily and were a precarious 17 for four wickets at stumps, with Mark Higgs on one and former Zimbabwe skipper Andy Flower on two. The South Australians' top order was destroyed by pace pair Michael Kasprowicz and Andy Bichel, who each took two wickets. South Australia, starting the day with 283 for seven wickets in their first innings, were all out for 301, falling nine runs short of Queensland's 310. Test paceman Bichel snapped up two wickets for three runs in three overs to finish with 6-61, a performance likely to give India the jitters just five days before the first Test against Australia starting in Brisbane on Thursday.