A record bowing performance by my FootDr Queensland Bulls rookie allrounder Michael Philipson has been a highlight of the third day of play in the Bupa Sheffield Shield match against the Victorian Bushrangers at Traeger Park in Alice Springs.
Playing in just his third first class game for Queensland, Philipson became the first off-spinner to take seven wickets in an innings for Queensland, with his haul of 7-107 from 30 overs breaking a record that was set in Queensland’s inaugural first class match more than a century ago.
According to cricket historian and statistician Charlie Wat, the haul in the first ever Shield game to be staged in Alice Springs also delivered a number of other talking points:
- • The previous best in a Sheffield Shield match for Queensland was 6-65 by Graham Whyte against Western Australia at 'the Gabba' in 1976-77.
- • And the first off spinner to take a five wicket haul for Queensland since Nathan Hauritz with 5-135 against Victoria at Melbourne in 2012-13.
- • The first off spinner to take seven wickets in an innings in a Sheffield Shield match since Colin Miller took 7-49 for Tasmania against Victoria at Melbourne in 1997-98 - although he took some of those wickets bowling medium pace.
- • The last to take seven bowling just off spin was Greg Matthews 7-99 NSW v Tasmania at Sydney in 1993-94.
Philipson, 28, is currently batting in the Bulls second innings with Peter Forrest in the final session of the third day after Victoria batted through to make 389 today.
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