NSW stage fightback in Shield tie

Published: Saturday, October 16, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Brisbane:New South Wales clawed back into their Sheffield Shield cricket match with Queensland to hold an overall lead at the close of the second day at the Gabba.

Although James Hopes eked out first-innings points for the Queenslanders on Saturday, the Blues took the day's honours with bat and ball.

At the close, NSW were 110 for two, holding an overall lead of 104 runs, with Matthew Phelps 43 not out and Dominic Thornely on six.

After being bowled out on the opening day for 203, NSW's pace attack started the fightback to ensure Queensland only took a six-run lead in a topsy-turvy match that is destined for a result.

Hopes ensured Queensland would take the two first-innings points with an unbeaten 82 with 13 boundaries.

NSW quicks Matthew Nicholson (4-64) and Nathan Bracken (3-43) led the fightback with Queensland slumping from 84 for two to 127 to six in the morning session.

South Australian express bowler Shaun Tait claimed two wickets to have Victoria in trouble at the end of the opening day of their match in Adelaide.

In the first game for the David Hookes Memorial Trophy, Victoria were 14 for two at the close chasing South Australia's first innings of 254.

Brendan Joseland was unbeaten on five and Graeme Rummans was yet to score.

Mark Cosgrove hit a stylish 82 for South Australia with his contribution saving the home side after they had slumped to 68 for four after winning the toss and batting.

Skipper Graeme Manou chipped in with 50 while number eight Mark Cleary scored 40. Michael Lewis finished with 3-34 while Mathew Inness cleaned up the tail to grab three wickets.

At Brisbane (day two): New South Wales 203 (B. Haddin 66, P. Jaques 44; J. Dawes 6-49, A. Bichel 3-50) and 110 for 2 (M. Phelps 43 not out, G. Mail 38; A. Noffke 1-23), Queensland 209 (J. Hopes 82 not out, A. Symonds 44; M. Nicholson 4-64, N. Bracken 3-43).

At Adelaide (day one): South Australia 254 (M. Cosgrove 82, G. Manou 50; M. Lewis 3-34, M. Inness 3-41), Victoria 14 for 2 (B. Joseland 5 not out; S. Tait 2-3).

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