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Cricket news - Labuschagne key as Queensland, SA head for tight finish
Queensland vs South Australia
Queensland, still in their first innings when play started on Day 3, ended the day 48 runs away from a target of 150 with five wickets in hand. That the chase is poised so delicately is down to their crazy passage of play in which they lost five wickets for seven runs after a solid opening stand of 47. But amid great panic - which had unmistakably set in at 54/5 - Marnus Labuschagne kept his head and led a bit of a rescue act with Jimmy Peirson, sharing an unbeaten stand of 48 when stumps were drawn.
An action-packed day at the Gabba saw 18 wickets fall, with South Australia's batsmen underwhelming for the second time in the match. After Nick Winter and Wes Agar's four-fers had kept Queensland's lead to a modest 43, there appeared to be some promise from the SA ranks with an opening stand of 37. But soon things unravelled spectacularly as the visitors slid to 131/9. It was only through a 61-run tenth wicket stand, led by Chadd Sayers's quickfire 42, that they remained in with a chance. And their bowling pair of Winter and Agar were at it again to keep an interesting final day on the cards.
Brief scores: Queensland 102/5 (Marnus Labuschagne 33*; Nick Winter 3/23, Wes Agar 2/41) & 264 trail South Australia 192 (Henry Hunt 30; Xavier Bartlett 3/33, Cameron Gannon 3/41) & 221 by 47 runs
New South Wales vs Tasmania
After a third day where 17 wickets fell - with the teams taking the 'moving day' cliche to heart - Tasmania were left on the brink of defeat in Sydney. The visitors had a lead of 36, but with just one wicket left, it's hard to fathom them setting a target that could be anywhere in the realm of challenging.
Tasmania's batting failure came after their bowlers had done an incredible job in the morning to pull things back. New South Wales, already leading by seven at the start of play with as many as eight wickets left, collapsed in a heap as medium-pacer Riley Meredith completed a five-for in quick time today. His haul included the wickets of Steve Smith and Moises Henriques - the overnight pair - who couldn't add much to their hundreds from yesterday.
Nevertheless, while the lead of 96 wasn't what they had in mind, the NSW bowlers - led by Mitchell Starc - showed that it was enough. Following up from his five-for in the first innings, Starc initiated Tasmania's slide with the wickets of opening batsmen Alex Doolan and Jordan Silk. Captain Matthew Wade resisted for a while but the opposition was overbearing, with Sean Abbott keeping up the pressure from his end. He accounted for both Australian internationals Wade and Tim Paine, before Starc returned for a couple more wickets to darken the writing on the wall.
Brief Scores: Tasmania 132/9 (Matthew Wade 40; Mitchell Starc 4/20, Sean Abbott 2/26) & 268 lead New South Wales 364 (Moises Henriques 124, Steve Smith 106; Riley Meredith 5/98) by 36 runs
Western Australia vs Victoria
A double-hundred from captain Shaun Marsh got hosts Western Australia into a position from where they can look to push for a win on the final day. Starting over on 101* this morning, with his team still trailing by 85 runs on the first innings, Marsh had two fruitful partnerships with Josh Philippe and Josh Inglis, before James Pattinson finally got rid of him for 214. By then though, a handy lead had been secured and after briefly adding to it via the lower-order, WA went ahead and declared - 178 runs to the good.
Victoria, in the little passage before stumps, got a glimpse of what they'll be up against in their bid for survival. Opening batsman Marcus Harris was dismissed by Jhye Richardson as the hosts capped off a good day's work at the WACA.
Brief scores: Victoria 17 for 1 (Nic Maddinson 9*; Jhye Richardson 1/8) & 341 trail Western Australia 519 for 9 decl (Shaun Marsh 214, Josh Philippe 65; James Pattinson 4/117) by 161 runs
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