Bulls Chase Wickets On Day Two
The myFootDr Queensland Bulls still believe they can secure the win they need over Victoria to potentially secure a spot in next week’s Sheffield Shield final despite a tough opening day.
The Bulls’ batting fell in a heap on Thursday at Allan Border Field in Brisbane with the home side dismissed for just 208.
The Bushrangers reached 0-20 in response, before bad light forced an early close on a rain-affected day.
Queensland need to win the match – and rely on NSW losing against Western Australia – if they are to gain passage to the final next week against Victoria.
But Queensland captain Chris Hartley says his side are still a chance against the competition leaders – if the Bulls’ bowlers take a leaf from the Victorians.
“As much as we want to be positive and aggressive tomorrow, we also have to be build pressure and that will mean a patient effort from the bowlers,” said Hartley.
“The Victorians adjusted their length to make it a little bit more difficult for us, but we were just a little bit too keen to get into the game and gave away easy wickets.”
Queensland reached 2-101 before suffering a collapse of monumental proportions as eight wickets fell for the addition of just 22 runs.
“We tried to get ourselves into the game too quickly, and we weren’t patient enough,” added Hartley.
“The Victorian attack are very experienced and they knew that putting the ball in the right areas would make it difficult for us.
“We were probably just too anxious to get into the game.
“The first two sessions were chalk and cheese based around some patient batting.
“The wicket suited the fast bowlers today and, if we had won the toss, we probably would have bowled ourselves.
“In saying that, we didn’t expect to be in the position we were – it certainly wasn’t an 8-120 pitch.”
Victoria’s five-man attack shared the dividends, with the best figures claimed by fast bowler Chris Tremain (3-41).
Former Test paceman James Pattinson earned 1-43 off 11 overs, after his match-winning five-wicket haul last week against Western Australia.
Opener Jimmy Peirson (46) had the Bulls off to a good start and hard-hitting BBL star Chris Lynn contributed 31 in his first Shield outing of the season.
But ever-reliable wicketkeeper Hartley top-scored with 57 down the order in what will be his final Shield match should Queensland fail to make the final.
The Shield’s most-prolific run-scoring keeper has passed 500 runs for the season at an average of 86.