Hartley on a high in Bulls’ big Shield win

An effective blend of old and new has lifted Queensland to a thumping Sheffield Shield win over South Australia as Chris Hartley became the Bulls’ most prolific wicketkeeper.


Queensland made short work of the Redbacks’ batting on the last day of their clash on Tuesday to record an emphatic innings-and-14-run victory at the Gabba.

Resuming on 4-181 and still requiring 68 runs to make the hosts bat again, South Australia were rolled for 235 as the Bulls’ quicks made the most of a still lively wicket.

Hartley finished with 10 catches for the match, moving him to 521 first-class dismissals to break the previous record of 519 held by former Bulls gloveman Wade Seccombe.

The Bulls veteran credited Queensland’s fast bowlers for the big win, with 204cm, 21-year-old Billy Stanlake finishing with match figures of 6-103 and 37-year-old James Hopes 8-84.

“(The record) reminds me that I’ve been playing for a while,” said the 33-year-old Hartley.

“It’s a good indication of how your fast bowlers are going… we had a lot of guys taking catches behind the wicket.”

Just as pleasing for the Bulls – who have now won their last two matches after being beaten convincingly by Victoria – were the breakthrough innings of two young batsmen.

Marnus Labuschagne made 112 – his maiden first-class century – and fellow 21-year-old Matthew Renshaw was run out for 94 as the pair set the platform for a solid total of 452.

South Australia’s captain Travis Head was disappointed with the way his side batted on day one after being sent in.

“It wasn’t a great toss to lose,” Head said.

“But we’ve played enough games here when it’s been like that and we knew what it had to take to bat on this wicket.

“We had to leave well and be strong in defence and we weren’t able to do that in the first innings which set us back.”

Queensland next face NSW at the SCG from November 27 while South Australia will travel to Hobart to take on Tasmania at Bellerive Oval.

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