Recent Match Report – Queensland vs Tasmania 20th Match 2023/24


Queensland 282 and 114 for 8 (Clayton 66*, Bell 6-31) lead Tasmania 219 (Steketee 4-58) by 177 runs

Test aspirant Matt Renshaw failed for the second time in as many days as batters continued to struggle on a spicy pitch at the Gabba with Tasmania quick Gabe Bell claiming career-best figures and his first Sheffield Shield 10-wicket haul.

Queensland went to stumps on day two at 114 for 8, leading the ladder-leading Tasmania by 177 after they were dismissed for 219 on Sunday with Mark Steketee claiming figures of 4 for 58 to help give the Bulls a first innings lead earlier in the day.

Renshaw, who was the spare batter in Australia’s squad during the recent Test series against the West Indies, was out for 2 after hitting the same score in Queensland’s first innings.

After playing the last of his 14 Tests in India last year, Renshaw is considered the next in line after being added to Australia’s squad ahead of Marcus Harris and Cameron Bancroft following David Warner’s red-ball retirement.

Just like Saturday, Queensland’s top-order was rocked before Ben McDermott walked to the crease. Unlike the first innings, when McDermott smashed a brilliant unbeaten 146 to take Queensland to 282, Tasmania’s bowlers charged on with the demolition job of the middle-order.

McDermott was out for 16, while Joe Burns, Michael Neser and Jimmy Peirson all fell for ducks.

Bell backed up his outstanding spell of 4 for 40 on Saturday by destroying the Queensland second-innings with figures of 6 for 31 from 13 overs. It was Bell’s maiden 10-wicket haul in first-class cricket, topping his previous best match figures of 7 for 73.

But Jack Clayton, who made a valuable 26 in the first innings, gave Queensland a chance of posting a defendable total. Like McDermott on Saturday, Clayton appeared to be batting on a different pitch as he smashed his way to an unbeaten 66 from 85 balls.

Tailender Liam Guthrie hung around with Clayton at the end, surviving 30 balls and his only scoring shot was an edge through slips.

Guthrie earlier claimed two wickets alongside Steketee’s four as Queensland’s attack never allowed Tasmania to get settled in their first innings. No Tasmania batter reached 40 as they were bowled out inside 60 overs.

Queensland are searching for just their second win of the season as they sit last out of the six states. Meanwhile, Tasmania are trying to maintain their place on top of the ladder after losing just one of their six matches before the break for the BBL.

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