SHEFFIELD SHIELD 2018-19
Cricbuzz Staff •
Tom Andrews returned his career-best figures – 6 for 40 © Getty
As many as 17 wickets went down on Day 1 of the Sheffield Shield clash at The Gabba on Monday (March 11), with little separating Queensland and South Australia at the end of the day. Tom Andrews, the 24-year-old left-arm spinner playing his first match of the season for South Australia, recorded career-best figures of 6 for 40 to bowl Queensland out for 115. In reply, the visitors didn’t fare any better with the bat, reduced to 67 for 7 at Stumps with Michael Neser and Luke Feldman bagging two wickets apiece.
Opting to bat, Queensland lost Matt Renshaw for a duck before Marnus Labuschagne and Joe Burns steadied the ship with a 36-run stand. However, the recovery was short-lived as Andrews sent back the second wicket pair in quick succession before Joe Mennie accounted for Sam Heazlett to reduce the hosts to 58 for 4.
Charlie Hemphrey, who scored a 113-ball 17, got together with Jimmy Peirson as they tried to make amends for the top-order failure. But all they could manage was a 38-run partnership before Andrews ran through the batting order to bring an end to Queensland’s innings in the 64th over.
South Australia began their innings poorly, losing their top three for the addition of only 17 runs. Jake Lehmann tried to hold the innings together but he kept losing partners at the other end regularly, with South Australia losing three wickets in the last three overs of the day to be precariously placed.
Brief scores: Queensland 115 (Marnus Labuschagne 36; Tom Andrews 6-40) lead South Australia 67/7 (Jake Lehmann 23*; Michael Neser 2-13, Luke Feldman 2-19) by 48 runs.