Noffke dazzles in Queensland~~s innings win

Published: Sunday, December 21, 2003, 23:41 [IST]
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Sydney:A dashing performance by all-rounder Ashley Noffke spearheaded Queensland to a crushing Sheffield Shield victory over South Australia at the Gabba Ground in Brisbane.

With Noffke snatching six wickets (4-48 and 2-37) and smashing 114 not out with the bat, Queensland won by an innings and 137 runs inside three days to leap to joint second place in the competition table on Sunday.

Leading by 293 runs on the first innings, Queensland routed South Australia for 156 in their second knock.

Test aspirant Michael Kasprowicz captured 3-16 in 18 tight overs, while Joe Dawes took 3-31.

Noffke shared in a record 218-run seventh-wicket stand with debutant wicketkeeper Chris Hartley (103).

In Sydney, left-hander Michael Bevan whacked 216 as New South Wales reached 462 to lead Tasmania by 140 runs on the first innings.

Dominic Thornely gave good support with 81.

Needing to bat well in their second innings to stave off outright defeat, Tasmania went to stumps with 105 for two wickets with a day left.

Shane Watson was unbeaten with 56, while Scot Mason cracked 40.

In Perth, Victoria's batsmen pulverised an inexperienced Western Australian attack, carrying their first innings score to 550 for three wickets -- a lead of 399 over the home side's paltry 151.

Former Test opener Matthew Elliott spanked 182, Jonathan Moss 149 not out, David Hussey an unbeaten 121 and Matthew Mott 78 as Victoria moved into a commanding position to grab outright points over the remaining two days.

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