Batsman Sam Heazlett led the fightback against the Redbacks to score the Bulls first century of the summer, with his stoic 356-ball 118 not out safe-guarding Queensland as they reached 6-357 in their second innings before the match was drawn.
Heazlett and Charlie Hemphrey (87 off 158 balls) produced a match-defining stand of 118 for the fourth wicket to blunt the Redbacks thrust for an outright result after the home side had dominated the opening three days.
Heazlett will be in action this afternoon with the white ball as he turns out for the Prime Minister’s XI against South Africa at Manuka Oval in Canberra. He joins fellow Bulls squad members Max Bryant and Blake Edwards in the game which will be shown live on FOX Cricket and through cricket.com.au from 12.50pm (Qld time).
It will be the first match of the season at Allan Border Field for the Bulls, and the first time they have played a Shield game there since clinching the trophy at the end of last season.
The Bulls sit in sixth spot on the Shield ladder at present, with an opening loss to Tasmania and the draw with South Australia.
The Warriors sit in third sport after a win and a loss so far.
The match is free and will be live-streamed through cricket.com.au
Meanwhile batting young guns Nathan McSweeney and Corey Hunter have kept their names in front of the selectors with impressive knocks for the Queensland Academy of Sport against Tasmania in the Toyota Futures League 2nd XI match underway in Hobart.
The pair of 19-year-old right-handers produced timely centuries in the QAS first innings.
McSweeney, who made a solid first-class debut for the Queensland Bulls at the Gabba in the opening Shield game of the summer scored a composed 104 to resurrect the QAS innings after they had wobbled to 4-80 in pursuit of the home team’s total of 309.
Hunter finished 162 not out as he helped to push Queensland to 8-372 before declaring. It brought up back-to-back 2nd XI centuries for the Wynnum-Manly teen, coming off a fine 141 against ACT/NSW Country.
Earlier, former Bulls and Brisbane Heat quick Alister McDermott showed his value with figures of 3-63 from 28 overs.
JLT Sheffield Shield, Round 3
Queensland v Western Australia, Allan Border Field, Sat – Tues, 10am start daily (Qld time)
Jimmy Peirson (c)
(12th man to be named at the toss)