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Race to the bottom as Shield batters fail

The contest for the Sheffield Shield's wooden-spoon produced more wickets than boundaries as Queensland and South Australia battled at the Gabba.

Race to the bottom as Shield batters fail

The contest for the Sheffield Shield's wooden-spoon produced more wickets than boundaries as Queensland and South Australia battled at the Gabba.

MATTHEW RENSHAW looks on during an Australian cricket training session at Allan Border Field in Brisbane, Australia.
MATTHEW RENSHAW looks on during an Australian cricket training session at Allan Border Field in Brisbane, Australia. Picture:Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images

The Gabba proved to be a batman's graveyard once again as 17 wickets fell on the opening day of the Sheffield Shield match between bottom pair Queensland and South Australia.

Queensland were bowled out just before tea for 115, but South Australia fared even worse to be 7-67 at stumps, as the two teams found the boundary on only 14 occasions.


It continued a theme for Queensland who were bowled out for 89 in an innings defeat against New South Wales last week, with 14 wickets falling on the opening day of that match.

Unlike last week where the fast bowlers did the damage, this time the unlikely wrecker was inexperienced South Australia spinner Tom Andrews.

The left-armer, playing in just his fifth Shield match, claimed 6-40 off 24 impressive overs to comfortably earn career-best figures.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, matters immediately went downhill for Queensland with Matt Renshaw dismissed for a duck without a run on the board.

Making the most of a rare opportunity in Adam Zampa's absence, Andrews claimed two key scalps as Test batsman Joe Burns (11) and Marnus Labuschagne (36) fell in quick succession.

Charlie Hemphrey (17) and Jimmy Peirson (25) were the only batters to reach double figures, before the latter's dismissal kick-started a collapse of 6-19.

With hopes of a spot in the Shield final long gone, South Australia made several changes to their line-up but to little avail as they slipped to 3-17.

Captain Travis Head held the innings together with an unbeaten 23, while debutant Brad Davis made 16.

An extraordinary day concluded with ducks for Harry Nielsen, and then Andrews who was run out without facing a ball.

Queensland's seam quartet shared the spoils with Michael Neser (2-13) and Luke Feldman (2-19) profiting the most from the bowler-friendly conditions.

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