New South Wales lead the pack in Sheffield Shield

Published: Monday, January 31, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:New South Wales moved to the top of the Australian domestic Sheffield Shield cricket competition after taking first-innings points against Queensland in their four-day match in Sydney.

On a rain-interrupted third day on Sunday, New South Wales dismissed their opponents for 259 to take the two points and a 207-run lead on the first innings.

Their captain Brad Haddin declined to enforce the follow-on and his side were 47 for 2 in their second innings when bad light stopped play with 19 overs remaining.

New South Wales opener Phil Jaques, coming off his 240 not out, made a second-ball duck and Matthew Phelps also fell quickly, departing for nine.

Earlier, Clinton Perren made 103 to be Queensland's only batsman to offer substantial resistance.

Under the rules of the Sheffield Shield competition, the team leading after the first innings is awarded two points. A team scoring an outright win earns six points.

In Melbourne, a brilliant Brad Hodge double century against South Australia kept alive Victoria's hopes of reaching successive finals in the competition.

Hodge hit an unbeaten 204 to steer Victoria to 428 for 9 before captain Cameron White declared.

He was well-supported in stands of 146 with Ian Harvey who made 74 and 150 with Shane Warne, whose 75 was his highest score for his state.

Victoria, who needs to win outright to have any chance of reaching the final, lead by 196 runs and have 112 overs on Monday to earn a win, after the first two days were cut short by rain and bad light.

For South Australia, who made 191 in their first innings, paceman Paul Rofe took 3-72.

In Hobart, run machine Michael Bevan led Tasmania to a 352-run overall lead at stumps on day three of the match against Western Australia at Bellerive Oval.

Bevan, who made 190 in Tasmania's first innings total of 500, made an unbeaten 95 to guide his team to 183 for 5 in its second innings.

Western Australia earlier declared their first innings at 331 for 9, but Tasmania declined to enforce the follow-on.

Sydney (day three): New South Wales 466 for 7 decl (P. Jaques 240 no, M. Phelps 90; A. Bichel 3-80, A. Noffke 2-88) and 47 for 2 versus Queensland 259 (C. Perren 103, J. Hopes 47; S. MacGill 3-74, S. Clark 3-75).

In Hobart (day three): Tasmania 500 (M. Bevan 190, D. Marsh 121; S. Magoffin 5-76, B. Casson 3-89) and 183 for 5 (M. Bevan 95 no) versus Western Australia 331 for 9 dec (M. Goodwin 138, M. North 59; D. Wright 4-64, B. Geeves 3-86)

In Melbourne (day three): Victoria 428 for 9 dec (B. Hodge 204 no, S. Warne 75; P. Rofe 3-72) versus South Australia 191 (G. Manou 43, L. Williams 37; J. Moss 3-6, S. Warne 3-50) and 41 for 1.

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