Captain James Hopes wishes the Bulls had shown such sensational form earlier in the Sheffield Shield season after a crushing win over Western Australia.
Queensland skipper James Hopes is delighted the Bulls are still in the hunt for the Sheffield Shield final following their crushing 250-run win over Western Australia in the day-night clash at the Gabba on Thursday.
But the 35-year-old allrounder said he wished the Bulls had shown that type of domination earlier in the season rather than heap pressure on themselves and be forced to rely on other results.
The battling Bulls still need to beat cellar dwellers Victoria in Melbourne in their final regular-season match starting on Tuesday to have any hope of scraping into this month’s final.
“To be honest, walking off the field, you feel a little bit disappointed the way the season has gone,” said Hopes, who has been playing with stress fractures in his back this season.
“That’s what we’re capable of. We’re capable of chasing 487 against South Australia (in the Bulls’ outright victory last month).
“To be only on 22 points at this stage of the season is a bit frustrating.”
But at least the Bulls have hope and confidence while the Warriors will be licking their wounds before travelling to Canberra this week to take on New South Wales.
“We just didn’t adjust to the conditions at all with bat, ball or in the field,” Warriors captain Adam Voges said, referring to the experimental use of the pink ball and also the green-tinged Gabba deck.
“I think we’ve been comprehensively outplayed. It’s a disappointing four days but we need to put that behind us and focus on our trip to Canberra.”
Voges said Warriors allrounder Mitchell Marsh was extremely doubtful to make that trip after suffering a side strain while bowling on Monday.
But his loss should be offset by the return of Test batsman and older brother Shaun, who did not play in Australia’s third Test win over South Africa.
Resuming at 5-72, the Warriors were dismissed for a paltry 144 in the first session on the final day.
Their slim chances of salvaging a draw nosedived early in the session when Voges (41), who is averaging 69.09 this season, was caught behind off a rising Luke Feldman delivery.
Feldman was the pick of the bowlers for the Bulls, with figures of 4-26 in the second innings while batsman Peter Forrest won man-of-the-match for his gutsy 133 in the home side’s first innings.
The win moves Queensland to 22 points on the Shield table, just four points behind the Warriors, who led the competition going into the match.