Bulls bad luck leaves Qld struggling to catch Tassie Tigers
QUEENSLAND Cricket's quest for an unprecedented clean sweep of the domestic trophies in the one season took a massive dent yesterday, with the Bulls 7-185 at stumps on day three of the Sheffield Shield final against Tasmania.
Bulls captain James Hopes could not have left the Blundstone Arena field any quicker after being offered bad light late in the day.
Queensland cricketeters have achieved a lot this season, with the Brisbane Heat winning the Big Bash League, and the Bulls taking out the Ryobi Cup title.
But the state's four-day side has a huge task on its hands in this game, little chance of running down the Tigers' 419.
Queensland's chances of snaring an unlikely outright win, required to defend its four-day title after resuming the day on 1-12, were further dampened by a downpour yesterday.
While the rain only lasted a few minutes, it caused a two-hour delay in play, with ground staff taking too long to cover the pitch.
Another slice of bad fortune saw Joe Burns depart for six, caught behind, but replays showed the ball may have touched the ground.
Hopes is not out on 23, while Nathan Hauritz has faced one ball for no runs, with two days of play remaining.
Tigers seamer Evan Gulbis picked up 3-39, including the key wickets of Peter Forrest (pictured) (56) and Nathan Reardon (13).
Luke Butterworth showed his value as an all-rounder for the hosts, picking up the wicket of destructive opener Luke Pomersbach for 17, after playing a crucial role at No.9, scoring 86 on day two.