A century by opener Joe Burns has put Queensland in control of their Sheffield Shield clash with Victoria at the Gabba.
Nothing could wipe away Queensland batsman Joe Burns’ satisfied smile at the Gabba on Tuesday.
Not being caught and bowled by a wicketkeeper – or being dismissed on the last over of the day – and certainly not that it abruptly ended a stirring knock of 102.
Yep, the easy going opener Burns reckoned he had no complaints after helping steer the Bulls to 2-208 by stumps on day three, giving the hosts a 219-run lead against Victoria.
“I was trying to get to stumps. But that is part and parcel of the game. You take the good with the bad.
“You never get sick of scoring hundreds for Queensland.”
Ex-Test keeper Matthew Wade was rewarded for his unexpected decision to ditch the gloves and end the day’s play with what would politely be called slow medium pace.
Wade’s diving effort snaffled up a difficult return catch from a leading edge, sparking a rare moment of ecstasy in the field for the visitors.
It was a cruel reversal of fortunes for Burns who was dropped on 99 when Clint McKay grassed a return chance.
Stumps were immediately called when Burns’ superb three-and-a-half hour knock featuring 11 fours and two sixes ended.
It provided some respite for the Bushrangers who have had few answers to Bulls openers Burns and big-hitting left-hander Luke Pomersbach.
They put on a 193-run opening stand on Tuesday, backing up from their 131 first-innings partnership.
Pomersbach on Tuesday was caught behind off Scott Boland (1-47) for 85 – backing up from his first-innings 73.
The pair have clicked – and Burns has no idea why.
“I am not too sure. I guess we keep each other focused, and the left-right hand thing might have something to do with it,” said Burns, who hit 75 in the first dig.
“And it’s nice to know Pomers can take the game on when he wants.”
Earlier, Bulls skipper James Hopes (3-61) sparked a collapse of 3-3 as Victoria were bowled out for 371 – 11 short of Queensland’s first innings of 8(dec)-382.
Alister McDermott took 4-78.
Victoria resumed at 5-230 on Tuesday but lost David Hussey (77) and Dan Christian (39) in the morning session before the Hopes-inspired collapse finished off their first-innings points hopes.
Bottom team Queensland have approached the clash as a must-win game after amassing just four points in five matches – 14 behind leaders NSW – while the second-last Bushrangers (8pts) are reeling from two outright losses.