Sheffield Shield: Record-breaker Joe Burns stars as Queensland sweep aside Tasmania

Joe Burns starred as Queensland (QLD) went third in the Sheffield Shield ladder after a thumping win over rock-bottom Tasmania (TAS) at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart.

QLD’s skipper Joe Burns won the toss and opted to field first – a decision which would prove a smart one. As TAS were skittled for just 150 in their first innings, with Tim Paine and Simon Milenko the only players to offer any resistance, scoring 38 and 39 respectively.

Luke Feldman and Peter George combined to do most of the damage for QLD as they took six wickets between them, before Cameron Gannon and Jack Wildermuth – who had a game to remember – took two wickets apiece.

Burns took three slip catches in this innings on his way to seven catches in the match overall – a record for a fielder in the Sheffield Shield.

In response to TAS’ poultry total, QLD dominated, making 437, in what proved to be their only innings. Wildermuth led the way scoring a fine century, though he was backed up by Marnus Labuschagne (96), Joe Burns (61) and Ben Cutting (68 off 50 balls).

Andrew Perrin was the pick of the bowlers for TAS taking 3-98, while Milenko and Cameron Stevenson took two wickets each as well.

Having a 287 run deficit to overturn is always going to put you on the back foot – and that’s where TAS stayed as they were bowled out for just 115. Jake Hancock and captain George Bailey the only batsmen to hold onto any pride, making 20 and 18 respectively.

George took another three wickets to add to his tally, while Gannon also picked up three and Feldman added two to his three from the first innings.

A thoroughly dominant performance from QLD who wrapped up this one inside three days to keep their finals hopes alive. While for TAS they stay rooted to the bottom and their torrid Shield season continues.

Matt Bullin

Matt Bullin

Matt is a young journalist who has loved both playing and watching cricket from an early age. He has covered a range of county cricket over the last few years and also follows England's exploits closely.
Matt Bullin

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