Bancroft posts ton but Bulls remain on top

28 November 2016

WA make a sporting declaration but Queensland hold the ascendancy at stumps on day three in Townsville

Sheffield Shield 2016-17, Round four


Dumped Test opener Joe Burns has fallen but Queensland are still hold the upper hand in their Sheffield Shield clash with Western Australia in Townsville.

At stumps on day three at Tony Ireland Stadium, the Bulls are 4-130 in their second dig, holding an overall lead of 212 after the Warriors made a sporting declaration.

Burns, who struck a fine 68 in the first innings, was bowled by axed Test allrounder Mitch Marsh for 38 on Monday.

Marsh (2-26) also removed opener Charlie Hemphrey (27) as Queensland lost 2-9.

But Marnus Labuschagne (31 not out) has helped steady the ship as the Bulls look to build a daunting victory target.

Labuschagne shakes off short-leg blow

The Warriors attack is without strike left-arm quick Jason Behrendorff who suffered a leg stress fracture on Sunday.

Earlier, the Warriors declared their first innings at 6-340 in reply to Queensland's 422.

Test aspirant Cameron Bancroft top scored with 103 while Australian one-day international squad bolter Hilton Cartwright fell for 84.

Bancroft posts eighth first-class ton

Marsh made just 14.

Michael Neser (2-50) was the pick of the Bulls bowlers.

The Warriors resumed on 3-186 on Monday.

Cartwright crafts 84 in Townsville

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