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Abbott fires as NSW thrash Bulls in Shield

Queensland's Sheffield Shield hopes hang by a thread after a disastrous batting display saw them crash to a heavy loss against NSW at the Gabba.

Abbott fires as NSW thrash Bulls in Shield

Queensland's Sheffield Shield hopes hang by a thread after a disastrous batting display saw them crash to a heavy loss against NSW at the Gabba.

DANIEL HUGHES of the Sydney Sixers bats during the Big Bash League match between the Hobart Hurricanes and the Sydney Sixers at Blundstone Arena in Hobart, Australia.
DANIEL HUGHES of the Sydney Sixers bats during the Big Bash League match between the Hobart Hurricanes and the Sydney Sixers at Blundstone Arena in Hobart, Australia. Picture:Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

NSW paceman Sean Abbott starred with the ball as Queensland crumbled to a costly 174-run defeat inside three days to leave their Sheffield Shield campaign in tatters.

Chasing 264 to win on a challenging Gabba wicket, the Bulls were never in the hunt and, after being reduced to 3-14, were eventually bowled out for 89 in the final over of an elongated final session on Tuesday.


The result means second-placed NSW have one hand on a final berth, and leaves Queensland chasing a highly unlikely set of results to reach the decider.

Abbott tore through Queensland's top-order who at one stage lost 3-2, with Test batsman Joe Burns and Marnus Labuschagne both dismissed for ducks - the latter condemned to a pair.

Abbott caused endless trouble with his controlled movement of the Dukes Ball, eventually returning figures of 5-31 from 13 overs.

Allrounder Moises Henriques (3-7) ripped through the middle-order with his three-wicket spell headlined by the key wicket of obdurate opener Matt Renshaw for 31.

Earlier, NSW had few problems with the bat advancing from their overnight 2-103 to be dismissed right on tea for 298.

The Blues innings was built around half centuries from Henriques (78) and Daniel Hughes (68), with the latter chewing up 218-balls in a watchful knock.

The pair put on a match-high partnership of 119 for the third wicket, and played with a confidence that belied a deck which yielded 22 wickets on the opening two days.

Michael Neser (3-73) was the pick of the Queensland bowlers, collecting the important wickets of Hughes and Peter Nevill (9).

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