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Recent Match Report – Queensland vs New South Wales, Sheffield Shield, 22nd match


Queensland 4 for 67 trail New South Wales 150 (Feldman 5-20) by 83 runs

Queensland fast bowler Luke Feldman claimed a five-wicket haul against New South Wales on a dramatic day when 14 wickets fell at the Gabba.

Feldman made use of a fresh, green Gabba pitch to claim his eighth five-wicket haul in Sheffield Shield cricket after his captain Jimmy Peirson won the toss and elected to bowl.

Feldman removed Daniel Hughes and the in-form Kurtis Patterson in almost identical fashion to claim the first to scalps of the innings. Bowling around the wicket to both left-handers he delivered perfect length balls that angled in and swung away late to catch the edge as both players were caught on the crease.

New South Wales slumped to 5 for 84 with Michael Neser and Billy Stanlake chiming in. Neser clean bowled Nick Larkin after the Blues opener had done well to make 31 and survive for 25 overs as the ball zipped around. Neser also found the outside edge of Moises Henriques.

Stanlake was playing in his first first-class match since December 2015, having been restricted to short-form cricket due to injury concerns. He claimed the wicket of Jason Sangha who flashed at one on the up and was caught brilliantly by Marnus Labuschagne at third slip.

Feldman then returned to claim three more in the space of two overs to complete his five-wicket haul. New South Wales were in danger of being bowled out for under 120 but Trent Copeland and Sean Abbott managed 38 valuable runs between them to get the total up to 150.

That looked competitive when Queensland slumped to 2 for 13 in reply. Matt Renshaw fell to a very sharp catch at a deep short leg by Jason Sangha, after whipping a ball powerfully off his pads from Copeland. Labuschagne faced 10 balls without scoring before edging an exceptional late-swerving outswinger from Abbott to Copeland at first slip.

Joe Burns and Charlie Hemphrey were defiant in the brutally tough batting conditions. Burns faced 107 balls for 28. He was hit on the chest by a ball that nipped back and climbed from a length which left him down on his haunches for a period of time.

The lights were turned on as the natural light faded and Burns fell four overs shy of stumps, nicking Copeland attempting to cut. Sam Heazlett fell shortly after to leave the Bulls four down at stumps, with Hemphrey 29 not out.

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