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Tasmania run through Queensland

UPDATED 10 March, 2013 6:26PM AEST | by Dan Colasimone at the Gabba, Omnisport 2

The Queensland Bulls succumbed meekly on the final day of their Bupa Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania at the Gabba, allowing Tasmania to clinch outright points and remain in the race for the final.

The consolation for the Bulls is that they are still in with a chance of making the final themselves after taking first innings points on day two.

Queensland were chasing 307 for victory but were all out for 143, following Tigers captain George Bailey's declaration just before lunch.

Ben Hilfenhaus (4-33) and Luke Butterworth (4-30) were the Tasmanian bowlers who did most of the damage, while Luke Pomersbach (61) and Nathan Reardon (46) were the only Bulls batsmen who offered any real resistance.

Tasmania began the day on 4-226, holding a lead of 190, and looked to add quick runs in the morning.

Bulls captain James Hopes took the early wicket of Alex Doolan (83), who tickled a delivery down the leg side to Chris Hartley.

The other unbeaten batsman overnight, Jon Wells (52), brought up his second half-century of the match before falling to Cameron Gannon (2-74).

Tim Paine (36 not out) and James Faulkner (52 not out) then proceeded to punch the Queensland bowlers around the ground, piling on valuable runs to Tasmania's total in a partnership of 86 from 99 balls.

Bailey declared at 6-342, leaving Queensland 307 to chase for victory in a minimum of 74 overs.

Queensland were unable to last the 12-minute period before lunch unscathed, losing opener Greg Moller (one) lbw to Butterworth.

Carnage ensued after lunch, as Dom Michael, Peter Forrest and Joe Burns all lost their wickets without troubling the scorers.

Ben Hilfenhaus accounted for Michael and Forrest with consecutive deliveries for the second time in the match, with Michael caught behind and Forrest snared by Ricky Ponting at second slip, meaning Queensland's number three and four batsmen both registered pairs for the match.

First-innings centurion Joe Burns was next to go, run out by a Jordan Silk direct hit after a mix up with Pomersbach, to leave Queensland in dire straits at 4-8.

Pomersbach and Nathan Reardon built a battling partnership in the wake of the destruction, leading Queensland to 4-88 at tea.

With 38 overs remaining in the match, Queensland needed to score an unlikely 219 runs for outright victory, while the Tigers required six wickets.

Pomersbach scored his first half-century for his new state team with a boundary down to fine leg.

The 96-run stand was over when Reardon edged an Evan Gulbis delivery on off stump to a diving Ponting in the slips.

Ponting took another sharp catch to dismiss Chris Hartley (seven) off the bowling of Butterworth to leave the Bulls struggling to hang on at 6-121.

The defiant innings of Pomersbach came to an end a short while later as a Butterworth delivery thumped against his pads and the umpire adjudged him lbw.

Butterworth and Hilfenhaus ensured the Queensland tail didn't wag by cleaning up the remaining wickets, as the hosts fell 163 runs short with 14 scheduled overs remaining in the day's play.

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First Posted 10 March, 2013 6:24PM AEST

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