XXXX GOLD
Queensland Bulls

Sheffield Shield
& Other First-Class Matches
Scores & Results
2012-13

Round - Opposition - Date, Venue

Result

Scores

Pts

Rd 1 - Queensland v South Australia
Gabba, 1-4 October 2012

Won Outright by 191 runs

Qld 398 & 9/248 (dec)
d SA 184 & 271

Qld 6
SA 0

Snapshot: The XXXX GOLD Queensland Bulls began the defence of their 2011-12 Bupa Sheffield Shield title in sparkling fashion with a 191-run outright win over the South Australian Redbacks at the Gabba. Led by an astonish century in a session by Ben Cutting, a second innings ton from Chris Hartley, an eye-catching debut from Usman Khawaja and some fine all-round bowling, the Bulls took full points during an extended first session on day four. Paceman Cutting was named Man of the Match more for his blistering effort with the bat than his three second innings wickets. He posted his maiden first-class century off 70 balls from the last ball before lunch on day two, having hit 11 fours and four sixes, and finished with 109 off 78 balls (12 fours, four sixes). Cutting, batting at No.8, played all the shots and hit the ball with amazing power in a 122-run eighth-wicket stand with Cam Boyce (31) which gave the home side a momentum advantage which at no stage did they surrender. The match, which started under the revised Cricket Australia schedule on the Monday after the weekend of the AFL and NRL grand finals, saw former NSW and Australian Test batsman Khawaja make his debut for Queensland, Test off-spinner Nathan Lyon skipper the Redbacks for the first time, and ex-NSW and Australian opener Phil Hughes debut for SA. With Ryan Harris still on the injury list and off-season pick-up Nathan Hauritz 12th man in his 'comeback' game, Queensland selectors made three changes to the playing XI that had won the Shield title six months earlier - Khawaja, Cutting (returning from injury) and Luke Feldman replaced Alex Kemp, Chris Lynn and Cam Gannon (retired). Lyon couldn't get the words "we'll bowl" out quickly enough after he won the toss on a greenish wicket despite fielding a largely unheralded and unproven attack. Khawaja was the mainstay of a rain-interrupted first day, making 88 off 176 balls (10 fours, one six) as the Bulls ground their way to 5-202 after Andrew Robinson (30) and Joe Burns (35) had a got a start. Cutting turned the match on day two as captain James Hopes (47), Hartley (34) and Boyce (31) provided valuable support as the home side reached 398 against an attack headed by Gary Putland (5-100) and Chadd Sayers (3-91). Hughes played a lone hand for SA in reply. He was eighth man out for 95 off 146 balls (12 fours) when the Redbacks were 8-164. Wicket-keeper Tim Ludeman (28) was the only other SA batsman to top 20 after Alister McDermott set them off  on the back foot when he removed the key pair of Michael Klinger (1) and Tom Cooper (5) cheaply. SA could muster just 184, giving Queensland a lead of 214 runs on the first innings. Hopes led the Bulls' attack with a miserly 5-27 from 20 overs, while McDermott finished with 3-32 from 12.1 overs. Batting a second time, the Bulls slumped to 5-64 and 6-108 before Hartley turned things around again. The pugnacious 'keeper, coming off a century in the 2011-12 Shield final, made 103 off 107 balls, with 11 fours and three sixes. It was his seventh first-class century, and with Hopes (42) and Cutting (33) he steered the home side to 8-248 (dec) as they set SA an impossible 463 for victory. Sayers (3-66) and Joe Mennie (3-74) were the leading wicket-takers for SA. Hughes, looking as if he had a tighter technique, made 83 off 167 balls to complete an outstanding debut for the Redbacks. Otherwise, though, there was little resistence until No.9 Joe Mennie, with a previous highest score of 15, made 79 off 74 balls.  He hit eight fours and three sixes as Feldman (4-50) and Cutting (3-51) led the Queensland attack. When Cutting dismissed No.3 Travis Head to a reflex catch at short leg by Wade Townsend it was his 100th first-class wicket.

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Rd 2 - Queensland v Victoria 
Gabba, 10-13 October, 2012

 Lost Outright by 10 wickets

 Vic 227 & 0-48
d Qld 147 & 125

Vic 6
Qld 0

Snapshot: The XXXX GOLD Queensland Bulls crashed to a 10-wicket Sheffield Shield loss to the Victorian Bushrangers at the Gabba on the back of a disastrous double batting failure. The Bulls were dismissed for 147 and 125 as Victorian quick James Pattison locked up a first Test berth with a stunning second-wicket haul of 6-32 as the visitors took full points with a day to spare. Sent in on day one, the home side fought hard to reach 1-43 via Wade Townsend (21) and Usman Khawaja (28). But they were the only batsmen to reach 20. John Hastings (4-41) ran through the tail after Peter Siddle (3-36) and Pattinson (2-29) did the early damage. Victoria were in trouble at 6-68 in reply but 'keeper Matthew Wade (89) and Siddle (54) turned the match with a 120-run partnership for the seventh wicket. They saw the Bushrangers to 227 and a lead of 78 despite the efforts of Alister McDermott (3-45), Ben Cutting (3-47) and Luke Feldman (3-66). Only Townsend (42), Peter Forrest (26) and Joe Burns (30) reached double-figures in the Bulls lost 7-32 at the end of their second innings. Pattinson, who had twice previously taken five wickets in an innings at Test level, claimed his first 'five for' at Shield level. He sent back openers Townsend and Andrew Robinson, plus Burns and Chris Hartley in the middle order before removing Cam Boyce and McDermott to consecutive balls. He narrowly missed a hat-trick when Luke Feldman just missed outside his off stump. Victorian openers Rob Quiney (28no) and Chris Rogers (21no) knocked off the runs needed inside 10 overs. The result put the Bulls on the back foot after they'd opened the season in such bright fashion, and confirmed Victoria's flying start to the summer after they'd beaten Western Australia outright in their first game.

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Rd 3 - Queensland v South Australia
Adelaide Oval, 23-26 October, 2012

Match Drawn
Won on 1st Innings

Qld  9-406 (dec) & 6-129)
d SA 9-402 (dec) & 225

Qld 2
SA 0

Snapshot: Paceman Ben Cutting turned batting destroyer for the second time in three weeks to give the XXXX GOLD Queensland Bulls two important Sheffield Shield points from a dour struggle with the South Australian Redbacks in Adelaide. Cutting, who bad blasted his maiden first-class century against SA in Brisbane in the season opener, clubbed 62 off 48 balls, with four fours and four sixes, to give the Bulls first innings points. His powerhouse effort came after Wade Townsend and Joe Burns had posted superb centuries as Queensland made 9-406 (dec) chasing SA's 9-402 (dec). Chasing 222 off 47 overs in their second innings for outright points, the Bulls were content to put up the shutters after they slumped to 5-104. Queensland selectors had made two changes to the XI which had started the season with a win and a loss, with Alex Kemp replacing Andrew Robinson at the top of the order, and Nathan Hauritz coming into the XI at the expense of 12th man Alister McDermott. Callum Ferguson was the rock on which the SA first innings was built after the home side had won the toss, making a career-best 164 from a marathon 342 balls (14 fours, one six). Ferguson and 'keeper Tim Ludeman (78) ensured the Redbacks posted a formidable total despite the bowling efforts of Cutting (3-73), captain James Hopes (2-61), Hauritz (2-103) and Luke Feldman (2-102). The Bulls were 3-55 in reply before Townsend and Burns put together a record partnership for Queensland against SA in Adelaide of 189. Burns was first to triple figures and first out, finishing with a classy 116 off 161 balls (17 fours, one six). It was his fourth century in 18 months of first-class cricket. A more resolute Townsend posted his fifth first-class century before falling for 129 off 307 balls (21 fours). Despite their efforts the Bulls were looking at a first innings deficit when Cutting marched to the wicket at 7-298 to join the defiant Townsend. He added 41 with Townsend and then 63 with Cam Boyce (18no) before departing with scores level, leaving Feldman to crunch a cracking boundary from the third ball he faced to give the Bulls first innings points. Dan Christian (4-81) was the pick of the SA bowlers before he put together a fine hand with the bat to hold the SA second innings together and ultimately deny the Bulls a crack at full points. Christian (71) top-scored as SA were bundled out for 225 thanks chiefly to Cutting (2-55), Hauritz (2-46) and Boyce (2-47) and three sharp run outs from Kemp (2) and Burns. Hopes (1-9) bowled only 4.5 overs before limping off with a knee problem that stopped him bowling on the morning of the fourth day. Cutting was elevated to No.4 in the batting order in Queensland's second innings despite a nagging groin complaint, but when he fell at 5-101, with his side still needing 118 off 20 overs, the Bulls were happy to close up shop. Kemp (33) top-scored in the Bulls second dig as SA debutant took the bowling honors with 3-36.

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Rd 4 - Queensland v New South Wales
Allan Border Field, 2-4 November, 2012

Won Outright by 6 wickets

Qld 256 & 4-106
d NSW 184 & 175

Qld 6
NSW 0

Snapshot: A depleted XXXX GOLD Queensland Bulls outfit struck a critical blow in their Bupa Sheffield Shield campaign when they outgunned a star-studded NSW outfit inside three days at Allan Border Field. The Bulls, without skipper James Hopes, Ben Cutting and Cam Boyce due to injury, won by six wickets before lunch on day three in the last match before the first Test at the Gabba. It was a stunning team performance led by Man of the Match Usman Khawaja against his former side and jumped the Bulls to second spot on the Shield ladder. Their second outright win of the summer gave the Queenslanders' 14 points from four matches, behind only Victoria (18) and ahead of Tasmania (10), NSW (8), SA (6) and WA (2), with NSW and WA having a match in hand. Luke Feldman (seven wickets) and Cam Gannon (six wickets) led a big-hearted Queensland attack which twice got the better a NSW batting line-up which included Test stars Dave Warner, Michael Clarke and an injury-hit Shane Watson. Much fuss was made pre-match over the fact that the NSW Test foursome of Warner, Clarke, Watson and Mitchell Starc would leave the match at the end of day three to join the Australian side, with the Queenslanders concerned that the replacements had not been confirmed in advance, but it all amounted to nothing when the game finished early Chris Hartley took charge of the home side as Nathan Reardon, Gannon and Alister McDermott replaced the injured trio and pulled off a master-stroke at the toss when he opted to give NSW first use of a quickish wicket. The Blues were on the back foot from the outset, losing 4-62 early, and managed just 184 in total. Watson (33), Nick Maddinson (36) and Peter Nevill (42) headed the NSW scoresheet as Feldman (4-47 off 19.2 overs), McDermott (3-54 off 18) and Gannon (2-35 off 16) did the damage for the home side. Queensland were 3-22 in reply before Khawaya (54) and Joe Burns (64) steadied the innings with a crucial 110-run stand for the fourth wicket. Reardon (42) and the ever-reliable Hartley (54) added valuable runs late to see the Bulls to 256 and an important first innings lead of 72. Starc, Doug Bollinger, Trent Copeland, Josh Hazelwood and Steven O'Keefe grabbed two wickets apiece for the Blues, but the big talking point was a calf strain suffered by Test ace Watson while bowling. He would take no further part in the match and was in enough doubt for the start of the upcoming international summer that Victoria's Rob Quiney was named as a shadow player for the first Test. Warner (39) and opening partner Scott Henry (31) got NSW away to a better start in their second innings, wiping off the deficit, but again the consistency of the Queensland bowlers proved too much. Gannon had Test skipper Clarke caught behind for the second time in the match as he took the figures with 4-61 from 15.4 overs, while Feldman (3-50 from 13) gave fine support. 'Keeper Hartley finished with six catches for the match while the sure-handed Hauritz grabbed four at third slip. Queensland were left to chase 104 for outright points, and after an early stutter at 3-26 got home thanks chiefly to Khawaja (54) and Peter Forrest (27no). Khawaja showed no sign of nerves in the tricky chase, taking his 54 from 38 balls, with eight fours and two sixes, while Forrest, having a rough trot early in the season, lookef betterr with time at the crease as he and Reardon (13no) steered the Bulls to 4-106.

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Rd 5 - Queensland v Tasmania
Blundstone Arena, 9-11 November, 2012 

Won Outright by an Innings & 123 runs

Qld 360 d Tas 05 & 142

Qld 6
Tas 0

Snapshot: Usman Khawaja sent a none too subtle message to the Australian selectors as the XXXX GOLD Queensland pace trio of Cam Gannon, Luke Feldman and Ben Cutting spearheaded an astonishing win over Tasmania in five sessions of cricket at Blundstone Arena in Hobart to jump to the top of the Bupa Sheffield Shield table. Khawaja posted his maiden century for Queensland in what was easily the standout innings of a match dominated by the quicker bowlers under favourable conditions. The former NSW Test player made a superb 138 off 178 balls, with 21 fours and two sixes, to make a personal mockery of two miserable batting efforts by the home side. Tasmania were dismissed for 95 and 142 either side of Queensland's 360 their second-lowest double-innings total in Shield history and described as 'pathetic' by coach Tim Coyle. It was an extraordinary game of cricket in which day one was washed out without a ball being bowled as high alert storm warnings hit Hobart. Only the toss was possible, and it was to prove critical that Bulls skipper Chris Hartley called correctly after Cutting had returned from injury to the Queensland XI at the expense of 12th man Alister McDermott. On day two Tasmania were bundled in 25.1 overs. Ironically, ex-Queenslander Ben Dunk, opening the innings for Tasmania, top-scored with 22 as the Tigers lost 8-46 after being 2-49. Feldman (4-33), Cutting (4-25) and Gannon (2-25), aided by some superb catching, shared the spoils. There were questions raised about the state of the new Hobart wicket block as the Queensland pacemen cut the ball both ways and made it jump off a good length at times, although Kawaja's supreme solo batting effort was a more than valid defence for the home curator. Queensland were a shaky 2-30 in reply before Khawaja showed his unquestioned class as the Bulls built what proved to be a match-winning score. Aside from the free-swinging Cutting, who hammered 40 off 30 balls (three sixes, two fours), Khawaja was the only player in either side to top 30 in the respective first innings and jumped to the top of the Shield run-scoring list with 430 at 47.77. Queensland, though, built their total around a string of useful partnerships as Peter Forrest (25), Joe Burns (19), Nathan Reardon (27), Hartley (24) and Nathan Hauritz (27no) batted around the innings anchor. James Faulkner (4-98) and Luke Butterworth (3-77) took the bowling figures for Tasmania. Tasmania, 275 runs behind on the first innings, at least made the Queenslanders bowl 62 overs in the second innings, but only the in-form Alex Doolan (49) topped 21. Gannon, preferred to McDermott in what proved to be a selection master-stroke, ripped through the middle and lower order for career-best figures of 21-9-53-6. Feldman, too, had a day to remember. His first spell read an astonishing 7-7-0-1 before he finished with 2-26 from 14 overs to jump to the top of the Shield wicket-taking list with 23 victims at 23.1. Cutting returned 2-20 from 12 overs to close out a match in which he'd enjoyed a special moment in Queensland cricket history. Pushing hard for all-rounder status, the power-hitting quick joined Queensland's 1000/100 club for players who have scored 1000 first-class runs and taken 100 first-class wickets. In his 29th first-class match, Cutting was third-fastest to this milestone behind Ron Oxenham (26) and Colin McCool (28). Queensland's third outright win of the season was secured by tea on day three, which was the second day of actual play. It gave acting captain Hartley, deputising for the injured James Hopes, a perfect 2-0 record at the helm and took the Bulls to 20 Shield points from five games. This put them ahead of Victoria (18 points, 4 games), Tasmania (10/5), NSW (8/3), SA (6/2) and WA (2/3) on the Shield table.

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Rd 6 - Queensland v NSW
Manuka Oval, Canberra, 27-30 November 2012

Lost Outright by 3 wickets

NSW 8-319 (dec) & 7-98
d Qld 243 & 173

NSW 6
Qld 0

Snapshot:  The XXXX GOLD Queensland Bulls narrowly failed to make a miraculous something out of a miserable nothing before going down to the NSW Blues by three wickets in the Bupa Sheffield Shield match at Manuka Oval in Canberra. With NSW chasing just 98 for victory in the fourth innings, Queensland had them 4-28 and 5-55 before a measured 33 from Brad Haddin got his side over the line. It was a fair result overall after two disappointing Queensland batting efforts after they won the toss, but at least the Bulls took something from a match in which they'd chosen to play only five specialist batsmen. Effectively, they'd left out opener Alex Kemp to accommodate the return from injury of leg-spinner Cam Boyce when Michael Neser was named 12th man after he had been preferred to Alister McDermott in the match squad. Queensland could hardly have got off to a worse start, with Wade Townsend and Usman Khawaja trapped LBW by Doug Bollinger on the first and third balls of the match. It was 2-0 and then 4-18 before Nathan Reardon (71 off 147, seven fours, one six) and Chris Hartley (66 off 98, 10 fours) combined to rescue the innings, and the ever-useful Ben Cutting (37 off 49, three fours, two sixes) saw the visitors to 243. Significantly, five Queensland batsmen were given out LBW. The match was delicately poised when NSW were 6-238, but Steve Smith, dreadfully out of form in previous matches, struck a decisive 90 off 182 balls (11 fours). Peter Nevill (55 off 110, eight fours) and Haddin (73 off 102, 10 fours) also made important contributions before captain Steven O'Keefe declared at 8-319. Cam Gannon (3-51 off 24.2 overs) and Luke Feldman (2-74 off 26 overs) were the pick of the Queensland bowlers as the home side took a lead of 76. The Bulls got off to a better start in their second innings, reaching 1-50, but thereafter they collapsed again. Townsend (39 off 90) top-scored, but only Cutting (31 off 79) provided any lasting support against an attack led by Moises Henriques (3-31 off 16) and 20-year-old debutant leg-spinner Adam Zampa (3-17 off 6). Three more Queenslanders fell LBW, making it eight for the match. All looked lost for the Bulls when NSW began their meagre chase late on day three, but when Gannon removed opener David Dawson and Cutting sent back Neville, Scott Henry and Henriques suddenly hopes were raised. It was 4-48 at stumps and after Smith fell early on day four the match was still alive until Haddin intervened and then Shaun Abbott (10no off 13) got his side over the line. Cutting (4-30 off 12.3 overs) sent a gentle reminder to the Australian selectors, who had preferred WA's Mitchell Johnson, NSW's Josh Hazelwood and Victoria's John Hastings as replacements for the rested pair of Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus and the injured James Pattinson for the third Test against South Africa in Perth starting on the day the Queensland NSW Shield match finished.

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Rd 7 - Queensland v WA
Gabba, 4-7 February, 2013

Won on 1st Innings
Lost Outright by 99 runs

WA 111 & 496
d Qld 168 & 340

WA 6
Qld 2

Snapshot: A superb comeback batting double from Greg Moller was not enough to prevent the XXXX GOLD Queensland Bulls going down to the WA Warriors at the Gabba. Chasing a massive 440 in the final innings, the Bulls put up a brave fight but could reach only 339 and so went down by 99 runs. Moller, who had scored 417 runs at 21.9 in 11 first-class games for Queensland between February 2007 and December 2009, did magnificently in his comeback in the week of his 30th birthday. He scored a neat 44 in the first innings as he and Luke Pomersbach put on 83 for the first wicket - easily the Bulls best in the 2012-13 summer - and scored 120 in the second innings to better his previous best of 78 and lead the fight for outright points. But despite the Boonah right-hander's classy double the Bulls were not quite up to it after they'd lost Usman Khawaja to the Australian Test squad bound for India and Ben Cutting to the national ODI team. Bulls captain James Hopes won the toss and would have been delighted as his bowlers bundled the Warriors out for 111 in their first innings in 51.5 overs. Only Adam Voges (38) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (21) topped a dozen as Cam Gannon (4-49), Hopes (3-21), Matthew Gale (2-22) and Alister McDermott (1-19) made the most of favourable conditions. Moller and Pomersbach (39) had the home side beautifully placed in reply when they reached 83 without loss and within striking distance of first innings points, but despite the efforts of Hopes (43) they lost 5-17 and then 4-3 to be all out for 168. Michael Hogan (4-43) and Coulter-Nile (3-41) were the pick of the WA bowlers. It was an altogether different story in the WA second innings as the visitors amassed 496 thanks chiefly to Voges (72), Shaun Marsh (84) and John Rogers (89) through the middle order. At 6-240, with WA only 183 ahead, it was manageable for Queensland, but the last four batsman - Sam Whiteman (51), Coulter-Nile (32), Ashton Agar (53) and Hogan (43no) - made the target just too big. Rogers and Whiteman put on 123 for the seventh wicket and Agar and Hogan 94 for the last wicket in a stand which proved almost exactly the difference in the end. Gale took the Bulls bowling honors with 4-109, while a supremely economical Hopes returned 3-60 from 34.4 overs.  Queensland were never really in the hunt on the final day despite Moller's magnificent effort in which he took 120 from 234 balls, with 10 fours. Chris Hartley (38) and Hopes (61) did their bit, but the Bulls lost wickets all too regularly against a solid attack superbly led by Coulter-Nile with a career-best 6-84. Agar, too, showed promise with 3-91 from 36 overs. It was WA's seventh win in their last 10 games at the Gabba - the other three were draws - and gave new coach Justin Langer his first win at the helm. Despite the loss to the bottom-placed Warriors the Bulls retained top spot on a jam-packed Shield table, equal with Victoria. With each side having played seven matches, it was Queensland and Victoria (22pts) from SA (18), NSW (17), Tasmania (16) and WA (14).

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Rd 8 - Queensland v Victoria
MCG, 18-21 February, 2013

Lost Outright by 8 wickets

Vic 9-536 (dec) 2-36
d Qld 322 & 249

Vic 6
Qld 0

Snapshot:  The XXXX GOLD Queensland Bulls slipped from first to third on the Bupa Sheffield Shield ladder when beaten outright by eight wickets by the Victorian Bushrangers. It was the match that marked the first-class debut for Queensland of batsman Dominic Michael  and fast bowler Ronan McDonald debut, and the injury-forced end of the season for speedster Matthew Gale. And although Michael and McDonald would have been disappointed with the result both showed enough individually to suggest bright things ahead of them. Peter Forrest and Nathan Hauritz were the stars for the Bulls with bat and ball respectively. Batting first after winning the toss, Queensland were in early trouble at 4-41 and 5-90 before Forrest (119 off 235 balls, 15 fours one six) and James Hopes (88 off 124, eight fours) added 169 for the sixth wicket. It was Forrest's first century for the season and Hopes' season high, but after they departed the innings finished quickly at 322 against an attack led by Will Sheridan (4-71) and Clive Rose (3-52). Victoria's reply was massive and lasted 169.3 overs as they posted 9-536 (dec). Chris Rogers (101 off 206, eight fours), Michael Hill (144 off 323 balls, 14 fours) and Cameron White (144 off 234, 16 fours, three sixes) posted centuries in an innings which featured two century-plus partnerships between Rogers and Hill (146) and Hill and White (186) plus a 99-run stand between White and Peter Handscomb (59). The Queensland cause was not helped by a fielding accident which forced Gale out of the game after he'd bowled just eight overs. Hauritz picked up the slack beautifully, capturing the fourth five-wicket haul of his first-class career and his first for Queensland. He sent down 54.3 overs for his 5-135. McDonald bowled better than his figures of 2-134 from 37 overs suggests, while Hopes were typically economical with his 1-104 from 35 overs. Queensland, behind by 214 on the first innings, reached 88 without loss in the second dig thanks to the efforts of Greg Moller (43) and Luke Pomersback (39), but it quickly became 4-99. A patient Michael (41 off 144 balls) and Chris Hartley (35) added 74 for the fifth wicket, with Michael defying the Victorians for three hours. It was a nervous start coming off an eight-ball duck in the first innings he faced 24 balls in the second innings before pushing one to mid-wicket for his first first-class run.  But after Michael and Hartley fell it was only the efforts of Hauritz (29), Cam Gannon (19no) and McDonald (11) that allowed the Bulls to reach 249 and take a 35-run lead overall. Fawad Ahmed, a 33-year-old Pakistani asylum seeker making his first-class debut for Victoria after playing for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash, captured 5-83 from 32.3 overs of his leg spin. His match haul of 7-162 represented the best return by a slow bowler on debut in the Shield for more than 40 years, and had commentators suggesting he could be a shock selection candidate for the upcoming Ashes series. Rob Quiney and Dave Hussey completed double failures for Victoria in the home side's second innings, giving a wicket apiece to McDonald and Gannon, before the Bushrangers reached 2-36 to claim outright points.

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Round 9 - Queensland v Tasmania
Gabba, 7-10 March, 2013

 Won on 1st Innings
Lost Outright by 163 runs

Tas 245 & 6-342 (dec)
d Qld 281 & 143 

Tas 6
Qld 2

Snapshot:  A final day batting collapse left the Bupa Sheffield Shield finals hopes of the XXXX GOLD Queensland Bulls on life support heading into the final round of the qualifying season. Chasing 307 from a minimum 74 overs in the last Gabba game of the summer, the Bulls capitulated for 143 to hand the Tasmanians a 163-run win. The only consolation was the fact that earlier Joe Burns' second century of the Shield season had given the Bulls two valuable first innings points. Ryan Harris also got through his first Shield match of the season, sending down 50 overs for four wickets. The loss sent Queensland crashing to fifth on a Shield table in which only five points separated Victoria (1st) from NSW (6th) and every side would head into the final round of matches with a chance of making the final. But coach Darren Lehmann described as 'embarrassing' and 'not acceptable' two top order batting collapses in which the Bulls lost 4-12 and 4-8 against a Tasmanian side which included Ricky Ponting possibly playing his last first-class match at the Gabba. Peter Forrest collected a king pair in which he was caught at slip first ball in each innings, and Dom Michael a pair in which he batted two balls and eight balls. In the end, ex-Test quick Ben Hilfenhaus and the well-performed Luke Butterworth collected four wickets apiece in the Queensland second innings to secure the Tasmanians' victory.  The match was played after Brisbane had endured an extraordinary wet spell in the lead-up, but despite limited preparation the pitch didn't offer the support to the bowlers many had anticipated. Batting first after being sent in, the Tasmanians recovered from 5-90 to reach 245. Jon Wells (82) and Tim Paine (42) added 97 for the sixth wicket as Harris (3-85 off 25 overs) and James Hopes (2-57 off 22) led the Queensland bowling. The Bulls were in diabolical trouble at 3-18 and then 4-30 after Greg Moller, Michael and Forrest fell within the space of four balls in Hilfenhaus' fourth over. Burns, who went in to face the hat-trick ball, was the rock on which first innings points were secured before being the last man out in search of quick runs. Burns made a beautifully measured 120 off 291  balls, with nine fours and two sixes. He added a useful 60 for the fifth wicket with Nathan Reardon (39) and then 138 for the seventh wicket with Hopes (72 off 105 balls, nine fours). This pair took Queensland beyond the Tasmanian score as Hilfenhaus (4-84) Butterworth (2=50), Luke Faulkner (2-52) and Evan Gulbis (2-57) shared the bowling honours for the Tigers. Cosgrove (63) and Jordan Silk (34) more than wiped off the deficit when they added 74 for the first wicket in the visitors' second innings before Doolan (83) and Wells (52) consolidated and then Paine (37no) and Faulkner (52no) scored quickly to allow captain George Bailey to declare just before lunch. Reardon proved a useful change bowler for the Bulls, removing Cosgrove and Ponting to finish with 2-55 from 11.4 overs.  The home side was never in the hunt after the scoreboard showed 4-8 when first innings hero Burns was tragically run out without scoring by a direct hit from Silk at the bowlers end. For the second time in the match the Tigers had taken three wickets in a Hilfenhaus over. Luke Pomersbach (61) and Reardon (46) offered the only worthwhile resistence in a 96-run stand for the fifth wicket, but Hilfenhaus (4-33 off 18 overs) and Butterworth (4-30 off 21) were too good. So, with one round of matches to play, the Shield ladder saw Victoria (28) lead from SA and WA (26), Tasmania and Queensland (24) and NSW (23). Sadly,, Alister RMcDermott had suffered a back strain which had coach Lehmann thinking he would not be available for the crunch game against WA in Perth, and Ben Cutting was no certainty to return despite bowling in grade cricket over the weekend.

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Round 10 - Queensland v Western Australia
WACA, 14-17 March, 2013

Won Outright by 120 runs
Lost on 1st Innings

Qld 164 & 9-336 (dec)
d WA 228 & 152

Qld 6
WA 2

Snapshot: The XXXX GOLD Queensland Bulls qualified for their 15th Bupa Sheffield Shield final in 20 years and a chance to make Australian cricket history with an astonishing 120-run final day win over the West Australian Warriors at the WACA. Having sat last on the Shield ladder throughout the last day of the qualifying season, the Bulls earned the right to take on Tasmania in Hobart for the title they had won 12 months earlier against the same opponent at the Gabba. And with the Bulls already having won the 2012-13 Ryobi Cup and the Brisbane Heat having claimed the Big Bash League crown, Queensland Cricket has a chance to an historic cleansweep of the national domestic titles. The Bulls, set to chase their eighth Shield title, finished level on points with the Tigers but were denied homeground advantage for the final by an inferior net run rate. Incredibly, each team finished with four outright wins on a ladder which showed Tasmania, with a net run rate of 1.375, and Queensland, with a run rate of 0.989, on 30 points just ahead of NSW (29), Victoria and WA (28) and SA (26)..Ryan Harris, in just his second first-class game of the season, was Man of the Match in the Bulls' grand final qualifier, but just as important on the final day was an innings by a tailender playing his first game of the season and who only got a start due to an enforced late change. Michael Neser was originally set to be 12th man but when leading wicket-taker Cameron Gannon woke up ill on the morning of the match Neser was included and an SOS was sent to Jason Floros to fly to Perth to be 12th man. And as it turned out, Neser's career-best 77 on the final day played a pivot role in getting Queensland over the line and into the final. Incredibly, all this unfolded after day one of the decisive match was washed out. When finally play got under way WA skipper Adam Voges had no hesitation in bowling first. Queensland were in early trouble at 3-58 and battled to 164, with only Luke Pomersbach (57) and Joe Burns (25) reaching 20. Burt Cockley (4-50) took the figures for the Warriors with support from Ryan Duffield (2-52), Michael Hogan (2-18) and Mitchell Marsh (2-23). WA made a similar start, falling to 3-53, but a fighting 96 off 190 balls (15 fours, one six) from Mike Hussey saw them to 228 and a lead of 64. Hussey was dropped on 11 in what could have been a turning point in the match, but Marcus Harris (42) was the only other WA batsman to offer any sort of lasting resistence as Ryan Harris led an inspired Queensland attack. The former Test spearhead finished with 6-58 from 25.2 overs while the ever-economical James Hopes worked tirelessly for his 2-48 from 25 overs. Batting a second time, Queensland reached 6-179 by stumps on day three. Nathan Reardon had made a patient 39 to help rescue the Bulls from 3-39, but all hopes rested with Burns, who was 73 at stumps and the big hope for the Queenslanders if they were going to add substantially to a lead of 120. Burns (76 off 185 balls, 10 fours) had become the first Queensland batsman to reach 500 runs for the season but when he fell in the fifth over of the final day things looked grim. Neser, who had scored 83 runs in eight previous first-class innings, had other ideas. He put on 43 for the eighth wicket with Nathan Hauritz (15) and then a match-turning 86 for the ninth wicket with Harris to allow skipper Hopes to declare at lunch at 9-336, setting WA 273 in two sessions, from a minimum 75 overs. Neser made 77 off 137 balls, with 13 fours, while the power-hitting Harris finished 54no off 45 balls, with six fours and two sixes. Duffield (4-83), Cockley (3-87) and Hogan (2-59) took the wickets for WA. With NSW having beaten SA the day before to jump to 29 points on the Shield table and Tasmania in a good position against Victoria WA had no option but to go for it. But the pressure of the chase got to them, and they were quickly 5-71. Hussey (37) and Sam Whiteman (27) put on 57 for the sixth wicket but were the only Warriors batsmen to reach 20 in the second innings, and when Hopes removed Whiteman the home side lost 5-24. It was all over. Hopes was superb again, taking 4-42 from 18 overs, while Harris returned 2-48, including the key wicket of Hussey in what may have been his final first-class innings. Hauritz (2-34) and Ronan McDonald (1-12) also did their bit as WA were rolled for 152. Burns' second innings knock saw him finish seventh on the Shield run-scoring list with 549 at 34.21, behind Tasmania's Ricky Ponting (875 at 87.5), Victoria's Chris Rogers (742 at 49.46), Tasmania's Mark Cosgrove (722 at 40.11) and Alex Doolan (683 at 45.53) and SA's Phil Hughes (673 at 56.08) and Callum Ferguson (639 at 39.93). Others to top 400 runs for Queensland were Chris Hartley (451 at 26.52), Usman Khawaja (438 at 39l81) and Hopes (427 at 32.84). Gannon, with 28 wickets at 21.64, was seventh on the wicket-taking list behind SA's Chadd Sayers (48 at 18.52), Tasmania's Luke Butterworth (42 at 20.42) and James Faulkner (35 at 20.94), NSW's Joe Mennie (33 at 22.03), WA's Michael Hogan (30 at 25.00) and NSW's Trent Copeland (30 at 26.86). Hopes (26 at 22.34) was Queensland's No.2 wicket-taker, ahead of early season injury victim Luke Feldman (25 at 24.36) and fellow casualty Ben Cutting (22 at 18.81), Hauritz (15 at 32.93), Alister McDermott (14 at 33.50) and Harris (12 at 23.66). Hartley finished top of the wicket-taking list with 48 dismissals (47 catches, one stumping), while Pomersbach's 11 catches in four matches saw him equal fourth on the fielding list behind Ponting (14), SA's Michael Klinger (13) and Victoria's Cameron White (13). Peter Forrest (8), Hauritz (6) and Burns (6) also figured prominently for the Bulls.

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Final - Queensland v Tasmania
Hobart, 22-26 March, 2013

Match Drawn

Tas 419 & 251 v
Qld 225 & 6-183

Tasmania
won title

Snapshot: The XXXX GOLD Queensland Bulls finished Sheffield Shield runners-up for the 20th time when a giant-hearted performance against Tasmania in the final fell victim to a very good opponent and a "tricky" Hobart wicket. Needing to win outright to lift their eighth title, the Bulls were set the impossible task of 446 runs off 87 overs on the final day after produced yet another trademark fighting display to salvage a draw, finishing at 6-183. So, Tasmania, beaten at the Gabba 12 months earlier, claimed their third Shield title after Queensland's bid for an historic Shield / Ryobi Cup / Big Bash triple crown and their first Shield / Ryobi Cup double fell at the final hurdle. James Faulkner, with four wickets and scores of 46 and 89, was named Man of the Match. But an even bigger turning point was a Blundstone Arena wicket which played tricks from day one. Offering hugely variable bounce, the strip was totally devoid of grass and in total contrast to the Hobart strip on which Queensland had beaten Tasmania in five sessions four months earlier. It all added up to disappointing but spirited end to what had been an enormously taxing period for the Bulls, who had to pick themselves up off the canvas twice in the two final qualifying games just to make the final. And it wasn't just about cricket for skipper James Hopes. Three days out from the start of the final it seemed like he would not play, with wife Maria due to give birth to their first child. Coach Darren Lehmann ruled 'family comes first' but when Emerson Charlotte was induced on the Wednesday before the Friday start the inspirational skipper made his way south 24 hours before the start. Hopes took charge of a side which was minus the bowling strike power of Ben Cutting, Luke Feldman and Alister McDermott, plus batting trumps Usman Khawaja and Chris Lynn, after McDermott was ruled unfit three days before the match. QC had put out a media release including McDermott in the Bulls XII before the young quick unselfishly admitted he had not fully recovered from a back complaint that kept him out of the last two games. This meant that rookie quick Ronan McDonald retained his place in the match squad before ultimately being named 12th man. No less than six members of the Queensland side played their first Shield final Greg Moller, Luke Pomersbach, Peter Forrest, Nathan Reardon, Michael Neser and Cameron Gannon as Hopes lined up for his seventh title decider and keeper Chris Hartley his sixth. Nathan Hauritz played his second Shield final nine years after his first, while Joe Burns and Ryan Harris joined Hopes and Hartley in backing up from the successful Queensland team of 12 months earlier. Only five 'away' teams had won a Shield final in 30 years since the decider was introduced in 1982-83 so there was no doubting the Bulls would start outsiders, but nobody had seen coming the huge snub the widely underrated side received at the State Cricket Awards in the lead-up to the match. Not one Queenslander was chosen in the Team of the Year for the Sheffield Shield, Ryobi Cup or Big Bash League despite the fact the Bulls had won the one-title and were one win away from the Shield title, and the Brisbane Heat had taken the BBL crown. It didn't worry a Bulls line-up which had thrived on sharing the individual successes, but they were less than pleased when Hopes lost the toss and the Tigers batted first. It was a telling blow because it confirmed Queensland would have to bat last, when runs were always going to be hard to come by. It was tough going early for the Tasmanians, as Mark Cosgrove and third-gamer Jordan Silk scored just 41 runs from 32 overs in the first session and 90 off 60 overs by tea. But as it turned out, their 133-run stand for the first wicket was pivotal after the home side had crawled to 2-176 off 92 overs on day one. Silk, coming off a century in his previous game, completed a dogged 108 off 358 balls in a marathon 464 minutes on day two after he survived tough chances at 8 and 74. Cosgrove was uncharacteristically slow for 58 off 217 balls. Ricky Ponting (35) and George Bailey (42) got a start in the Tasmanian middle order, but at 7-269 the Tigers were looking at a sub-par score. Sadly for the Bulls, Tigers No.8 Faulkner (46) and No.9 Luke Butterworth (86 off 135, 13 fours) added 125 for the eighth wicket to set up a first innings total of 419. The Queenslanders sent down an incredible 173.4 overs, including 51 maidens, as Harris (40-12-107-3) and Hopes (40.4-17-71-4) bowled themselves to a standstill. Neser (2-71), Gannon (1-88) and Hauritz (0-70) provided staunch support. Queensland lost Moller to the first ball of their innings, and were never really on track to match the Tasmanian score. Forrest (56 off 172 balls) top-scored at No.3 after going in at 1-0, while Hartley (36 run out) and Hopes (36) at least saw the Bulls reach 225. Evan Gulbis (4-62) and Faulkner (3-40) took the figures for the Tigers after Ben Hilfenhaus (1-43) and Butterworth (1-48) had done the early damage. Queensland, trailing by 194 runs on the first innings, were up against it until the explosive Harris turned the match in an astonishing burst as the Tasmanians batted a second time on the morning of day four. Harris, looking to bowl himself into the Ashes tour in just his third first-class game of the season, destroyed the top order as the Tigers crashed to be 5-15 off 10.3 overs. At one stage they lost 4-1 in 13 balls as Harris sent back Silk, Ponting and Bailey, and Hopes chipped in with the scalp of Cosgrove. When Harris removed Wells four overs later the big-hearted spearhead had 4-6 from 5.3 overs. With the lead just 209 at the time all of a sudden the Bulls were right back in it. But the Tigers were never going to surrender. Alex Doolan (26) halted the collapse before Tim Paine (87) and Faulkner (89) put together the biggest and most decisive partnership of the match. They added 161 for the seventh wicket to put the game beyond Queensland's reach. By stumps on day four Tasmania were 7-240, with an overall lead of 434, and it was all academic. The only question still to be asked was what would unfold on day five. Neser (2-43) and Gannon (2-35) finished off the Tasmanian innings quickly to share the spoils with Harris (4-32) and Hopes (2-76). Harris' match total of 54 overs was a career high, while, in another fitting highlight, Hopes had collected his 200th first-class wicket. He returned match figures of 6-147 to top the Bulls wicket-taking list for the second time with 32 wickets at 22.75, ahead of Gannon (31 at 23.51), the injured Feldman (25 at 24.36) and Cutting (22 at 18.81), and late-starter Harris (19 at 22.26). But the Bulls were never going to seriously challenge the final innings target. Indeed, they did well to stave off defeat after going to lunch at 3-32, with Reardon (51), Burns (32) and Hartley (23no) adding to their season run tally. Burns finished at the top of the run-scoring list for the second season in a row with 587 at 32.61, ahead of Hartley (510 at 28.33), Hopes (473 at 31.53), Khawaja (438 at 39.81) and Cutting (348 at 38.66). Hartley's final innings saw him top 500 runs for the season and for the fourth time complete the standout 'keepers double of 500 runs and 50 dismissals. Ponting, who filled a rare void in his extraordinary cricketing CV when he claimed his first Shield title, had not responded to a mid-match proposal from Hopes that the Queenslanders give him a second innings farewell, suggesting the 2012-13 Shield Player of the Year may not have played his last game for the Tigers. But it was definitely the end for Tasmanian coach Tim Coyle, who had announced his resignation prior to the start. It was the eighth time in 15 Shield finals that Queensland had finished without the title, and the 20th overall they'd finished runners-up, having finished second on the points table seven times prior to the introduction of the final. But Lehmann diplomatically conceded the Bulls had been "beaten by a better side". He even refused to take aim at the system which meant Tasmania didn't have to win the match to claim the title. "That's the way it is they finished on top," said Lehmann, who nevertheless had every reason to be thoroughly satisfied by his team's 2012-13 campaign.

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