Queensland complete formalities against SA
Published: Sunday, November 30, 2003, 21:15 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
Queensland sniff win after Seccombe's ton
Sydney: Queensland, the powerhouse state in Australian cricket, snatched their first outright win of the new Sheffield Shield season when they wrapped up a 61 run victory over South Australia at Adelaide Oval. Needing 283 to win, South Australia were all out for 222 in their second knock as pace pair Michael Kasprowicz (5-84) and Andy Bichel (4-52) captured the honours on Sunday. Bichel finished the match with a marvellous 10-113 after snapping up 6-61 in the first innings in an ideal warm-up for the first Test against India starting in Brisbane on Thursday. Kasprowicz's haul pushed his tally of first-class wickets for Queensland to 427, taking him past the record of 425 previously held by paceman Carl Rackemann. Starting the day with a precarious 17 for four wickets, South Australia were given a glimmer of hope when former Zimbabwe star Andy Flower (56) and Mark Higgs (71) batted throughout the opening session to take the score to 107 without further loss at lunch. But Flower's removal by Kasprowicz soon after the break was the beginning of the end for South Australia. Wade Seccombe was named Man of the Match for his unbeaten 67 in the first innings and a match turning 115 in the second innings. He also took seven catches for the match. Queensland have won the Sheffield Shield five times in the past nine seasons.