Cricket Australia, Sheffield Shield, scores, video: Joe Burns scores century for Queensland, Tim Paine wins vs WA
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Victoria have kept their Sheffield Shield title defence alive with a tense 44-run win over second-placed Queensland at the Gabba on Thursday, despite a superb century from Test opener Joe Burns.
The Vics finally broke through some strong resistance in the final hour of a topsy-turvy rain-affected final day with Queensland dismissed for 310.
Burns had the home side on track to overhaul a challenging 355-run victory target with the Bulls reaching 1-206 after resuming on day four at 1-134.
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Cricket: With his back to the wall, Joe Burns threatened to single-handedly snatch a win for Queensland against Victoria with this brilliant solo effort.
Burns crunched 23 boundaries in scoring 135 in a 197-ball innings, and shared in a confident 84-run stand with Lachlan Pfeffer (28).
However Peter Siddle (3-89) turned the tide by having Burns trapped lbw, before knocking over top-order pair Nathan McSweeney (12) and Sam Heazlett (1) in quick succession.
An hour-long rain delay during the middle session didn’t help the home side’s cause after Queensland were 6-256 when the storms passed through. Jimmy Peirson remained Queensland’s best hope of victory, only for the wicketkeeper to be dismissed lbw for 27 off the bowling of part-time spinner Matt Short.
Scott Boland (4-62) quickly ran through the tail as Queensland fell 16 overs short of batting out the match.
It is second win in succession for the Vics who are now back in the hunt for a spot in next month’s final with two rounds remaining.
TASMANIA WIN IN A DAY 4 THRILLER
The Tigers reached their 235-run target five wickets down but with just seven balls remaining on Thursday evening.
Test skipper Paine hit a composed 48 and was unbeaten alongside Webster, who whacked two crucial late sixes to finish on 29 from 18 balls. Webster’s cameo came after a run-a-ball rearguard 187 in the first innings that dragged Tasmania back into the contest.
It was the host’s second win of the season, while the Warriors’ hopes of making the final have taken a hit with two rounds to play.
Paine hit the winning runs with a four down the ground after Jake Doran (63) and Ben McDermott (54) kept the chase on track following the loss of top order wickets.
The Tigers were earlier frustrated by a 64-run final wicket stand between fast bowlers Joel Paris and Simon Mackin.
Paris hit a career-best 93 and Mackin survived for 69 balls as WA pushed their second innings out to 253.
Youngster Nathan Ellis eventually rattled the stumps of Paris to end the stubborn 26-over partnership.
Ellis, who shone with his death bowling in the Big Bash, starred on debut for the Tigers, taking 6-86 to go with three scalps in the first innings. He trapped Aaron Hardie lbw and clean bowled David Moody to start the day after WA resumed at 6-161.
Paine’s knock with the bat made up for a costly drop behind the wicket. He grassed a tough one-handed chance off Ellis when Mackin was on zero and WA were 9-193.
BLUES HONE IN ON SHIELD FINAL
NSW have all but guaranteed their place in next month’s Sheffield Shield final after overcoming some strong resistance from South Australia to secure a final-session win at Bankstown Oval.
South Australia were dismissed for 269, with 18 overs remaining as the Blues claimed a 133-run victory on Thursday.
The Redbacks briefly seemed in with a chance of an unlikely win at 3-141, and then 4-244, only for Trent Copeland to rip through the lower order.
Resuming at 1-41, SA lost 2-5 to open the day before half-centuries from Callum Ferguson, Travis Head and Tom Cooper had the visitors entertaining thoughts of reaching the 403-run victory target.
Head and Ferguson added 95 for the fourth wicket, with the former on the attack during a 67-ball knock worth 57.
Ferguson (82) and Cooper (62) then added 103 for the fifth wicket only for young paceman Liam Hatcher (3-52) to make a double breakthrough and signal the beginning of the end for the Redbacks.
Copeland, who picked up five wickets in the first innings and had already claimed the pivotal wicket of Head, made short work of the tail to return 4-60. Test spinner Nathan Lyon picked up the first two wickets to fall on day four, before collecting the match-winning scalp for figures of 3-85 from 33 overs.
With two wins from their eight outings, fourth-placed South Australia need other results to go their way if their Shield final hopes are to remain intact.
Originally published as Shield wrap: Aussie Test star’s gritty ton, Paine wins in last-gasp thriller