Victoria to host final after skittling Queensland for 61

Victoria 280 (Quiney 57, Finch 52, Neser 4-74) beat Queensland 208 and 61 (Pattinson 5-7) by an innings and 11 runs

File photo – James Pattinson finished with 5 for 7 in the second innings © Getty Images

Victoria will host the Sheffield Shield final in Alice Springs after they skittled Queensland for 61 on the third day at Allan Border Field in Brisbane, securing an innings victory and ending the Bulls’ hopes of reaching the decider. James Pattinson scythed through the Queensland line-up to finish with 5 for 7 from six overs, while only two Bulls players reached double figures.

The day began with Victoria on 6 for 201, still trailing Queensland on the first innings by seven runs. However, the Bushrangers added a further 79 for their last four wickets, which gave them a 72-run first-innings advantage. To have any hope of reaching the final, Queensland needed an outright victory, but instead collapsed to the lowest Shield total by any side since South Australia were rolled for 45 in late 2014.

Pattinson struck in the first over by bowling Jimmy Peirson for a duck, and the pain continued for the Bulls, who capitulated to be 7 for 21 in the 11th over, by which time Pattinson had taken all five of his wickets. The captain Chris Hartley, playing his last Shield game after announcing his retirement recently, top scored with 18 and Cameron Gannon managed 13, but that was all the fight that was offered.

The outcome means Victoria will host the Shield final, though the unavailability of the MCG means they will hold the match at Traeger Park in Alice Springs, which has become a home away from home for the Bushrangers in recent summers. At the conclusion of this match, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia remained in contention for the other place in the final.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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