Recent Match Report – South Aust vs Queensland 26th Match 2022/23

Queensland 290 (Peirson 90, Johnson 7-47) and 96 for 5 (Heazlett 26, Scott 2-20) South Australia 272 (Manenti 88, Lehmann 65, Neser 3-60, Bartlett 3-54) and 111 (Steketee 4-34, Neser 4-42) with five wickets

The dynamic new-ball duo of Mark Steketee and Michael Neser have kept Queensland in the hunt for the Sheffield Shield final after taking four wickets each to beat South Australia to a critical five-wicket win over the Gabba had achieved.

Steketee claimed 4 for 34 as Neser claimed 4 for 42 as South Australia lost 10 for 50 in their second innings to be all out for 111 after leading Queensland by 43 runs with all wickets of the second inning intact during the morning session.

Queensland’s chase of 94 in the fourth innings was twitchy at times. They lost Bryce Street by a score of just 3, dropping to 76 for 5 before Jack Wildermuth and Jimmy Peirson gave up the chase after Sam Heazlett made a key contribution of 26.

Wildermuth also made important early breakthroughs with the ball after South Australia’s opening score of 61 between Jake Carder and Henry Hunt. Carder nailed a pull shot straight to square leg Jack Clayton before Hunt was later handed out behind four balls, though visibly dissatisfied with the decision.

Neser and Steketee then returned to cause carnage. Neser had a brilliant low return catch to send Nathan McSweeney off on the stroke of lunch. After the break, Steketee also claimed that Daniel Drew was caught and ricocheted off a leading edge. Movement of the seams and extra bounce took care of the rest, as Liam Scott was the only other South Australian batsman to reach double figures. The visitors lost their last eight wickets in just 16 overs, with Neser bowling unchanged to finish with seven wickets for the match.

However, he was surpassed by Spencer Johnson. Johnson achieved a career-best nine for South Australia in just his second Shield appearance and created fear in Queensland in the pursuit. He had fallen behind Street for a duck in the third over with a tremendous pitch that came in diagonally and edged away from the seam. He also picked up Clayton in the ninth over with added bounce as the southpaw skied a pull shot. It left Queensland 21 for 2 with 73 to get, but Joe Burns and Heazlett stabilized the innings and added 42 before another mini-collapse sent the hosts hearts racing.

Wildermuth and Peirson found the last 18 runs without too much trouble.

Queensland remain second on the Shield table, just ahead of Victoria on bonus points with one game left against Tasmania. The loss leaves South Australia unable to reach the final with one game to go against New South Wales.


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