Bichel sends Blues scurrying for cover

Published: Sunday, October 17, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Brisbane:Former Test fast bowler Andy Bichel delivered career-best figures of 7-77 to swing the Sheffield Shield cricket match with New South Wales Queensland's way here.

Batsmen Brad Haddin and Matthew Phelps had seemingly taken the game away from Queensland to have NSW 219 for four, 213 runs ahead, before Bichel struck.

He removed Phelps (84 off 216 balls) to spark a 6-26 collapse which left Queensland a victory target of 240 on the bowler-friendly wicket.

Power-hitter Andrew Symonds went to stumps with a punishing unbeaten 71 from only 67 balls to have Queensland 116 for two when rain forced an early halt with Monday's final day to play.

South Australia took first innings points in their match against Victoria at Adelaide Oval.

Near the close on the second day Victoria were dismissed in their first innings for 223 -- 31 runs short of South Australia's first innings total of 254.

At stumps South Australia were 21 for one in their second knock with Greg Blewett unbeaten on 11 and Ben Cameron on seven.

South Australian paceman Shaun Tait grabbed 5-39 as Graeme Rummans top scored with 63 for Victoria and opener Brendan Joseland made 51.

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