Late wickets open the contest after Sutherland’s half-century

Late wickets open the contest after Sutherland's half-century

Victory 300 for December 7 and 156 for 6 (Sutherland 66, Guthrie 4-38) lead Queensland 219 (Wildermuth 40, Boland 4-47) by 237 runs

Queensland took two crucial late wickets to set up an absorbing final day in their Sheffield Shield match against Victoria.

The home team were 156 for 6 in their second innings, an overall lead of 237. Victoria looked to be taking firm control after tea on an up-and-down third day, with captain Will Sutherland and Campbell Kellaway making a crucial stand of 90 careers. for the fifth wicket.

But Mitchell Swepson bowled Kellaway for 30 and eight balls later Liam Guthrie caught Sutherland for 66 in a massive double breakthrough.

Sunday morning’s session will be telling as Victoria will need a solid contribution at the back of their lower order. Then it will be a question of how well Queensland’s top order weathered the new ball in their run chase.

Queensland’s James Bazley is out of action with a hamstring problem and Guthrie has picked up magnificently, taking 4 for 38 in 10 overs.

“Keeping them ahead of 230 is good for us,” Guthrie said. “Having six of them on the stumps is a good effort.”

Earlier, the visitors resumed play at 106 for 5 and got off to a bright start. Jimmy Peirson and Jack Wildermuth scored 55 for the sixth wicket before Fergus O’Neill made the breakthrough, leaving Peirson trapped behind for 28.

Wildermuth fell nine runs later, trapped behind Mitchell Perry and top-scorer with 40. Gurinder Sandhu made an unbeaten 25 and Swepson contributed 16 in the 11th over as Queensland restricted Victoria’s first innings lead.

Guthrie then grabbed three wickets to leave Victoria 48 for 4 and Queensland looking like they were taking control.

Sutherland played an excellent captain’s knock, hitting nine fours and two sixes in 77 deliveries. Kellaway’s 70-ball innings included two fours and a six, but he was dismissed looking for a big hit off Swepson.

“I haven’t really gotten any runs this season, so it was a really good scenario that suits my game – I could be really positive and aggressive,” Sutherland said.

“It’s definitely become kind of new territory…we’re going to have to be very positive tomorrow morning.”