Batsmen Lead Bulls To Shield Win
A stellar debut first-class batting performance by young lefthander Sam Heazlett has underpinned the my Foot Dr Queensland Bulls three-wicket victory over Tasmania.
Picked at No.3 for the Bulls’ Sheffield Shield side in the absence of Test players Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns, the 20-year old produced 129 in the first innings, backed up with 78 on Monday.
An eventful day four began with Tasmania’s well-placed resumption at 4-100, a lead of 204.
But the hosts quickly crumbled.
During a horror six-over period Tassie lost five wickets for 25 runs and were all out for 168.
Skipper George Bailey and Andrew Fekete were dismissed without score and four others made only single-digit contributions.
It set the visitors a target of 273 for victory, with more than two sessions to bat.
Heazlett forged a valuable 132-run partnership with opener Scott Henry (59 not out) which formed a sturdy base for Queensland’s run chase.
The pair are both newcomers to Shield this season and batted with maturity, in an effort which included 14 boundaries for Heazlett.
The rest of Queensland’s order was cheaply dismissed until skipper Chris Hartley (44 not out) and Jack Wildermuth (30) had a 78-run stand.
Hartley was unbeaten and partnered by Ben Cutting (13 not out) when Queensland reached the target with a boundary to finish at 7-274.
Tasmania’s experienced bowlers, including James Faulkner (2-58) and Jackson Bird (2-54) couldn’t finish off the visitors.
Earlier, Tassie 7(dec)-433 took a 104-run lead into the second innings after Queensland declared at 8-329 on day three.
Bailey’s unbeaten 148 headlined the hosts’ first innings along with valuable contributions from opener Ben Dunk (142) and Alex Doolan (90).
In reply, Heazlett (129) starred for Queensland, but the best support he got was 57 from Jason Floros.
The result makes it one win, one loss for Queensland, and two losses for Tasmania so far this season.