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Alex Doolan scored 247* as Tasmania took control of their game against Victoria. © Getty
New South Wales surged to the top spot following a crushing win over Queensland on Wednesday (November 15) in their Sheffield Shield encounter in Brisbane. Needing just 128 to win the contest on the third day, NSW got off to a flier with David Warner going all guns blazing. Warner raised a half-century stand with Nic Maddinson at the other end as the visitors appeared to be cruising at one stage.
Luke Feldman though, gave NSW a mild scare in the middle by nipping out three quick wickets. Once Warner was dismissed for a 41-ball 37, Australian skipper Steven Smith was castled by Brendan Doggett while attempting to smash him over cover. Feldman quickly managed to get rid of Maddinson and Moises Henriques as Queensland’s mild hopes started to surface.
But Daniel Hughes and Kurtis Patterson calmed the nerves in the dressing room to take their team past the finishing line. Earlier in the day, Abbott bowled impressively to add two more wickets to his name and eventually finish with a four-wicket haul in Queensland’s second innings. The right-arm seamer first got the crucial wicket of Jimmy Peirson at the start of the day and ended the innings by breaching top-scorer Marnus Labuschagne’s (88 off 169) defence.
Brief scores: Queensland 183 (Usman Khawaja 78*; Trent Copeland 3-33) & 215 (Marnus Labuschagne 88; Sean Abbott 4-65) lost to New South Wales 271 (Daniel Hughes 98*; Michael Neser 3-58) & 130/4 (David Warner 37; Luke Feldman 3-45) by six wickets
A blistering unbeaten double century from Alex Doolan on the third day put Tasmania in pole position to complete a resounding win over Victoria on the final day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Doolan continued from where he had left at stumps on the second day as the runs kept flowing. Victoria were able to fetch only one wicket in the day when opposition skipper George Bailey fell for 59.
Doolan, at the other end, stitched another huge partnership, this time with Tim Paine, to keep Victoria at bay. The duo added 191 for the third wicket before Bailey decided to declare in order to have a crack at the opposition before stumps. While Doolan remained unbeaten on 247 off 380 deliveries, Paine finished with 71*.
Chasing 453 can be a daunting task for any side and it showed as the Victorian openers failed to last until stumps. Sam Rainbird trapped Travis Dean leg-before-wicket in the eighth over of the chase and then after a mini partnership of 37 runs, Victoria were pegged back further when James Faulkner had Marcus Harris edge one behind. Glenn Maxwell, who is looked at as one of the contenders for the No.6 slot in the Australian Test XI, was batting on 20 at stumps. In order to boost his own chances and to save Victoria, Maxwell will have to come up with something special on the final day.
Brief scores: Victoria 144 & 67/2 (Marcus Harris 28; James Faulkner 1-4) need another 386 runs vs Tasmania 172 & 424/2d (Alex Doolan 247*, Tim Paine 71*)