On Day 3, a thrilling middle session resulted in Queensland losing eight wickets. It all began with an outstanding fielding effort by Jake Carter, who prevented Joe Burns from scoring a century in his 100th Shield match by just 15 runs. Nathan McAndrew was the top wrecker after that run out, finishing with 5 for 93. James Bazley’s 64* off 53 balls, which helped Queensland reach triple digits despite the collapse that ended in a 342 all out, limited their lead to 102. As South Australia went to Stumps at 89/1 and trailed by just 13 runs, Carder, who was batting for the second innings, got into the act with the bat and scored an unbeaten 49. Drew Daniel
Brief Scores: Queensland 342 (Burns 85, Bazley 64; McAndrew 5-92) leads South Australia 240 & 89/1 (Carder 49*; Gurinder Sandhu 1-29) by 13 runs.
West Australia vs. New South Wales
The SCG saw the debut of Chris Green and Toby Gray, who combined to take seven wickets and knock Western Australia out for 233 on the first day. The visitors had reached 91/0 after choosing to bat thanks to Cameron Bancroft and Sam Whiteman, but Green struck three times in three overs during a devastating offspin spell that caused WA to lose their focus. Gray, who took the wickets of leading scorer Sam Fanning and other key players, finished with 3-58 while Green finished with 4-71.
Brief results: Western Australia defeated New South Wales 233 (Fanning 61; Green 4-71).