Queensland fight back after McAndrew's career-best

Queensland fight back after McAndrew's career-best

South Australia 359 for December 5 and 131 for 8 (Sandhu 3-25) lead queensland 238 (Peirson 61, McAndrew 6-41) by 252 runs

South Australian pacer Nathan McAndrew posted career-best figures on day three of the intriguing Sheffield Shield clash against Queensland.

The 30-year-old claimed 6 for 41 at the Gabba to help bowl out the Bulls for 238. At Stumps, South Australia scored 131 for 8, an overall lead of 252, after the hosts roared back into the match with a session inspired ending. in the countryside.

Seventeen wickets fell on a day dominated by the bowlers. With a clear sky forecast for the final day, the match is set for a definitive result with both sides in it.

Queensland resumed day three at 82 for 1, but McAndrew made an early statement with the wicket of Bryce Street from the third ball of the morning.

Wickets fell at regular intervals in the opening session and McAndrew had five of them by lunch, including the scalp of captain Usman Khawaja on a seam delivery that the Test opener feathered behind.

Fellow pacer Harry Conway found his rhythm at the other end and Queensland fell to 180 for 8 just before lunch.

Enforcing a continuation seemed a likely option for the Redbacks at the time, but goalkeeper Jimmy Peirson launched a rescue mission as he so often does. He found a willing ally in fast bowler Mark Steketee in a 68-run ninth stand.

Khawaja’s aggressive captaincy reaped rewards as he sought wickets in the second innings. He had six slips at one point as Michael Neser bowled to Nathan McSweeney to show him his intention.

That aggressive approach paid off from the moment Jack Wildermuth bowled first-innings century maker Henry Hunt for a duck.

Legspinner Mitch Swepson bowled with confidence and guile and cleaned up the Redbacks’ other first innings centurion, McSweeney, with a whiff.

Fast bowler Gurinder Sandhu played key finishing shots. Exciting 21-year-old Jake Fraser-McGurk played one adventurous shot too many and then Sandhu produced an excellent cut which all-rounder Ben Manenti took advantage of.