JLT Sheffield Shield 2017-18

Bulls edge closer to Shield final

Hemphrey and Feldman's last-wicket stand helps Bulls earn valuable bonus points at the Gabba

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08 March 2018, 04:00 PM

Day three highlights: Bulls edge closer to Shield final

Queensland are closing in on a JLT Sheffield Shield final berth after building a healthy lead against Western Australia on another rain-affected day's play at the Gabba.

After collecting a 52-run first innings lead, Queensland moved to 58 without loss at stumps to extend their advantage to 110 runs with just one day to play.

A draw would maintain a healthy lead at the top of the ladder for Queensland, heading into next week's final round.

Steady Hemphrey posts third first-class ton

Charlie Hemphrey starred with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 103 in bowler-friendly conditions as Queensland moved from an overnight 8-146 to 263 all out, between yet more stoppages for rain.

Hemphrey and No.11 Luke Feldman, who swotted a career-best 52 off just 38 balls, helped take the game away from WA with an unlikely 87-run stand for the 10th wicket.

A top-order batting collapse effectively ended Western Australia's hopes after they limped to 7-142.

WA, who began the match in fifth, were forced to declare at 9-211 in a desperate attempt to force the win they require to push for one of the two final berths.

Charging Feldman arrests Warriors with maiden fifty

All five Queensland bowlers were among the wickets with leg-spinner Mitch Swepson collecting 3-54.

Rain forced two delays during the morning session after virtually the entire first day was washed out.

Queensland: Lachlan Pfeffer, Matthew Renshaw, Marnus Labuschagne, Charlie Hemphrey, Sam Heazlett, Jack Wildermuth, Jimmy Peirson (c/wk), Michael Neser, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, Luke Feldman. Brendan Doggett (12th)

Western Australia: D'Arcy Short, Josh Philippe, Jonathan Wells, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner (c), Hilton Cartwright, Ashton Agar, Josh Inglis (wk), Matthew Kelly, Liam Guthrie, Simon Mackin. Will Bosisto (12th).