Bulls’ Shield Hopes Dashed As Hartley Bows Out

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The myFootDr Queensland Bulls’ push for a Sheffield Shield final berth has come to ignominious end having been bowled out for 61 to suffer an innings and 11-run defeat against Victoria in Brisbane.

Test fast bowler James Pattinson mowed through the Queensland top order to earn figures of 5-7 from six overs.

The win on Saturday ensures Victoria finish top of the ladder to earn hosting rights for the final, which begins on 26 March in Alice Springs.

Needing a victory at Allan Border Field to move into contention for a spot in the season decider, Queensland restricted their opponents to a 71-run first-innings lead.

However, they were on the back foot from the opening over and were 2-1 at lunch.

Only retiring captain wicketkeeper Chris Hartley managed an innings of more than 30 balls before he was last man out for 18.

Four batsman recorded ducks and bowler Cameron Gannon was the only player to reach double figures (13) as the Bulls succumbed in 22 overs.

Chris Tremain (2-20), Scott Boland (2-15) and Dan Christian (1-9) were also among the wicket-takers.