28 February 2017
Bulls Face Must Win Match After SA Loss
The myFootDr Queensland Bulls face a must-win Sheffield Shield clash against Tasmania next week after going down to the South Australian Redbacks by six-wickets today in Adelaide. The loss leaves the Bulls fifth on the Shield ladder, needing success in Hobart next week to keep their finals hopes alive. The match was in a tense position when play resumed today, with the Redbacks needing 120-runs and the Bulls another six wickets for victory. Queensland's bowlers were unable to remove the set duo of Tom Cooper and Jake Lehmann who combined for a match winning 187-run stand to move the home side into second place. “They are two very good batters. We tried a lot of different plans and I thought the bowlers bowled quite well,” Bulls Captain Joe Burns said. “We walk away from it very frustrated but very proud of the effort all the boys put in.” While the result leaves Queensland's Shield campaign in a precarious position, there were promising signs from the side’s youngsters, with Jimmy Peirson hitting two half-centuries in his Shield debut. Allrounder Jack Wildermuth also struck a half-century, adding to his first innings 5-40, while Burns said he enjoyed his first stint skippering the Bulls. “In particular, being captain there is a big job to do. There are a lot of young guys, so it is trying to talk to them about preparation and how to play the game,” Burns said. “Just trying to get into the Shield final, it’s a great challenge and from week to week it keeps you very focused on what you need to do.” There is a nervous wait on seamer Mark Steketee, who could miss the remainder of the season after suffering a side strain on day one. The Queensland Bulls play the Tasmanian Tigers at Blundstone Arena from March 7-10.