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    Queensland will need a miracle if they’re to have any chance of defending their Sheffield Shield title after crashing to 7-185 at stumps on day three of the final at Bellerive.

    The Bulls were still 234 behind the home side’s first innings of 419 as their batsmen misfired on a rain-disrupted day.

    Only Peter Forrest (56) and wicketkeeper Chris Hartley (36) looked like building substantial innings, but a slow Bellerive pitch meant they struggled to gather any of the momentum their side needed.

    Skipper James Hopes (23no) and Nathan Hauritz (0no) will resume in what looks increasingly like a lost cause, with only a win being enough for the Bulls.

    Tasmania’s attack stayed patient, dead-pitch specialist Evan Gulbis bagging 3-39, while a disastrous runout late on Sunday added to the visitors’ woes.

    More than two hours were lost because of rain, despite bright sunshine for most of that time.

    Players left the ground at 11.50am (AEDT) as a short but heavy shower hit Bellerive after only 14.1 overs had been bowled in the morning session.

    But an apparent delay in covering the pitch meant it became wet and umpires weren’t satisfied the ground was safe until 2.25pm.

    It wasn’t the only setback for Queensland after Joe Burns (6) was dismissed controversially.

    The rising star was out to a superb low-diving effort from Tigers keeper Tim Paine, but commentators questioned whether the ball had carried and replays were inconclusive.

    Burns’ loss left the visitors 4-81 after they had resumed at 1-12 and needing to force the pace of the match.

    Opener Luke Pomersbach (17) and Forrest had put on 46 before Pomersbach was bowled by Luke Butterworth (1-30), and it was 3-70 when Nathan Reardon (13) prodded at a good length delivery from Gulbis.

    Australian one-day representative Forrest took 172 balls for his 56 and the Bulls were left 5-128 when he was trapped in front by Gulbis.

    A sluggish attempt at a single by Hartley resulted in him being run out at 6-163 as the lights began to take effect late in the day before Gulbis had Michael Neser caught behind.

    The Tigers need only a draw to claim their third title and a first state trophy for champion Ricky Ponting.

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    • March 25th 2013 @ 8:53am
      formeropenside said | March 25th 2013 @ 8:53am | ! Report

      Poor work by umpires and ground staff to leave the pitch to get so wet. Probably ruined any chance of a decent game.

      • March 25th 2013 @ 9:34am
        Red Kev said | March 25th 2013 @ 9:34am | ! Report

        As much as it pains me to admit, Queensland were going to lose (or lose in a drawn match) anyway.

    • Roar Guru

      March 25th 2013 @ 11:58am
      Rellum said | March 25th 2013 @ 11:58am | ! Report

      Fat lady hasn’t sung yet

      • March 25th 2013 @ 12:07pm
        Red Kev said | March 25th 2013 @ 12:07pm | ! Report

        Yeah Harris is singing though (singing “I’m going to the Ashes, the Ashes), 3 wickets for 5 runs off 5 overs.

    • Roar Guru

      March 25th 2013 @ 12:05pm
      JGK said | March 25th 2013 @ 12:05pm | ! Report

      Tassie currently 4 for 6. Someone should be canonised for this.

    • Roar Guru

      March 25th 2013 @ 12:15pm
      Rellum said | March 25th 2013 @ 12:15pm | ! Report


      • Roar Guru

        March 25th 2013 @ 12:16pm
        JGK said | March 25th 2013 @ 12:16pm | ! Report

        Make that 5/15. Rhino with 4.

    • March 25th 2013 @ 12:35pm
      Red Kev said | March 25th 2013 @ 12:35pm | ! Report

      I do like the headline “Queensland in need of Shield miracle”
      Enter – Ryan Harris with 4/10 off 7. Not quite Curtley Ambrose and 7/1 but it’ll do.

      • March 25th 2013 @ 11:12pm
        Tassie ted said | March 25th 2013 @ 11:12pm | ! Report

        The. Bull crappers need more than a miracle now …he he lalalalaalalal what’s that I hear ..

    • March 25th 2013 @ 12:51pm
      Pope Paul VII said | March 25th 2013 @ 12:51pm | ! Report

      Far out. Miracle time.

      Those little Taswegians may have been a little too cute.

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