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Donny
March 21, 2006, 10:05 PM
Australia's domestic season culminates with the 5 day Pura Cup final at the Gabba on Friday.

The Queensland Bulls finished on top of the ladder and earned hosting rights. This not only sees them playing at home but a draw will result in them winning the Cup.

Their opponents are the Victorian Bushrangers.

Both teams will be without their international stars - Shane Warne for the Vics and Matt Hayden, Andrew Symonds and Michael Kasprowicz for Queensland.

Some players of note for both teams: Bulls - Jimmy Maher (capt), James Hopes, Martin Love, Mitchell Johnson and Andy Bichel. Bushrangers - Cameron White (capt), Brad Hodge, David Hussey and Mick Lewis.

We'll be covering the match in AussieCricket.net with up to the minute scores but I'll also post a daily summary in here.

There could be some rain around from the recent cyclones in Nth. Queensland so any rain interruptions would favour the home team.

Tigers_eye
March 22, 2006, 12:07 PM
Thanks for the update on Pura cup. Welcome Donny to BC.

Donny
March 23, 2006, 10:49 PM
Cam White won the toss and elected to bat.

The Bushrangers are 2/52 at lunch.

Donny
March 23, 2006, 11:14 PM
2/138 after 45 overs.

Nick Jewell is 61 n.o.
Brad Hodge is 31 n.o.

Donny
March 24, 2006, 01:05 AM
2/209 after 63 overs.

Hodge 82*
Jewell 80*

Donny
March 24, 2006, 01:53 AM
2/234 as Hodge gets his century. Top knock. :bravo:

Jewell is 87 n.o.

Donny
March 24, 2006, 02:17 AM
3/247 as Jewell is dismissed by James Hopes for 89. The partnership with Hodge was 192.

Hodge is 107 n.o.

Donny
March 24, 2006, 02:37 AM
5/269 as Andy Bichel takes 2 wickets with the second new ball.

Hodge scored 108.

scoilaheez
March 24, 2006, 04:21 AM
Hodge should be in the national for sure! How can he be dropped after just 4 tests and averaging 58! Maybe the selectors will come to their senses after another hundred.

Rabz
March 24, 2006, 07:51 AM
Hodge might get a chance against Bangladesh...

i reckon Damian Martyn is past his prime now...

islam
March 24, 2006, 07:54 AM
I had an argument with my friend about hodge. Hodge has a poor techq vs swinning balls and is not a great player of spin.. Where as Clakre is a brilliant player of spin (has a similar problem vs pace). Martyn is a much better player than hodge/clarke, but likes the cut over/through the gully region a bit to much for his own good.

Since ponting likes martyn for whatever reason, martyn stays.....

I'd not pick hodge in the australian test or ODI teams, mainly because there are better players to chose from.

108 (160) illustrates the fact, after making his 100, he got out just when his team needed him the most.

About how he can be droped, its all about his ablity compaired to martyn (its not there)

Donny
March 24, 2006, 07:58 AM
"Since ponting likes martyn for whatever reason, martyn stays....."

Ponting is NOT a selector.

islam
March 24, 2006, 08:12 AM
Ponting is NOT a selector.

Yes it is correct, but the capatin does have a major say in team selection.

Allways has been the case, esp if the selectors have a few close calls, they like to handball it over.

remember the WC? I remeber the VB serise leading up to it, symods was playing realy poorly (like asraful, a 60, next 5 games <10)

Ponting came out and said i'd like to have him in my sqaud, selectors put him in. Pointing/selectors played him- Both had faith in him....Symonds didn't let any one down.

Ponting may not be a good tactitian on the feild, but he has heart:umm:

Donny
March 24, 2006, 07:30 PM
The redoubtable Andy Bichel (4/80) took another 2 wickets early today to have The Bushies on 7/319.

David Hussey is 51 n.o.

Donny
March 24, 2006, 08:01 PM
Mitchell Johnson took 4/55 as Victoria totalled 344.

Hussey was 72 n.o.

Donny
March 24, 2006, 08:37 PM
The Bulls are off to a clean start.

0/27 after 8 overs.

Donny
March 24, 2006, 09:30 PM
0/63 at lunch.

Jimmy Maher is 37 n.o.

Donny
March 24, 2006, 11:15 PM
0/156.

Great start by Queensland. Their skipper, Jimmy Maher, is 85 n.o. Stevens is 56 n.o.

Donny
March 25, 2006, 01:53 AM
1/291.

Stevens was run out for 66.

Jimmy Maher is 151 n.o. and Martin Love, 61 n.o.

Edited on, March 25, 2006, 6:55 AM GMT, by Donny.

Aritro
March 25, 2006, 03:35 AM
We've (Victoria that is) have already thrown this one away. Can't comprehend that batting collapse, it's a final for Christ's sake.

Distinct lack of bottle shown by our lads.

Donny
March 25, 2006, 09:48 PM
At lunch, Queensland is still dominating.

1/388.

Maher 200*
Love 101*

The partnership is 231, so far.

Donny
March 25, 2006, 11:19 PM
Maher was out for 223, his highest first class score.

Love has moved on to 152 n.o.

Queensland is 2/480.

Donny
March 25, 2006, 11:55 PM
2/504 at tea.

Love 155 n.o.
Watson 37 n.o.

The lead is now 160. As Queensland only needs a draw, they have absolutely no need to declare.

Donny
March 26, 2006, 12:33 AM
50 up for Watson and Love is 169 n.o.

2/531.

Donny
March 26, 2006, 12:56 AM
Love out to part timer Nick Jewell for 169.

Watson is 55 n.o. 3/541.

Edited on, March 26, 2006, 5:56 AM GMT, by Donny.

Donny
March 26, 2006, 01:54 AM
3/579.

Watson 69*
Clinton Perren 23*

Donny
March 27, 2006, 02:57 AM
Queensland has declared at 6/900 a lead of 556

Watson 201 ret hurt and Perren, 173.

Highest scores in Sheffield Shield/Pura Cup:

1107 Victoria v New South Wales Melbourne 1926-27
918 New South Wales v South Australia Sydney 1900-01
6/900(dec) Queensland vs Victoria Brisbane 2005-06
821-7d South Australia v Queensland Adelaide 1939-40
815 New South Wales v Victoria Sydney 1908-09

Highest scores for all first class cricket anywhere in the world:

1107 Victoria v New South Wales Melbourne 1926-27
1059 Victoria v Tasmania Melbourne 1922-23
952-6d Sri Lanka v India Colombo 1997-98
951-7d Sind v Baluchistan Karachi 1973-74
944-6d Hyderabad v Andhra Hyderabad 1993-94
918 New South Wales v South Australia Sydney 1900-01
912-8d Holkar v Mysore Indore 1945-46
912-6d Tamil Nadu v Goa Panjim 1988-89
910-6d Railways v Dera Ismail Khan Lahore 1964-65
903-7d England v Australia The Oval 1938
6/900(dec) Queensland vs Victoria Brisbane 2005-06
887 Yorkshire v Warwickshire Birmingham 1896
868 North Zone v West Zone Bhilai 1987-88
863 Lancashire v Surrey The Oval 1990
855-6d Bombay v Hyderabad Bombay 1990-91
849 England v West Indies Kingston 1929-30
843 Australians v OU and CU Past and Present Portsmouth 1893
839 New South Wales v Tasmania Sydney 1898-99
826-4 Maharashtra v Western India States Poona 1948-49
824 Lahore Greens v Bahawalpur Lahore 1965-66
821-7d South Australia v Queensland Adelaide 1939-40
815 New South Wales v Victoria Sydney 1908-09

Victoria is 2/38 in the second innings.

thebest
March 27, 2006, 09:25 PM
Dear Danny,
would it be the most one sided final ever?

Donny
March 27, 2006, 10:07 PM
Probably yes although finals are a fairly recent inclusion. The winner used to be the State which finished on top of the ladder.

Victoria is 5/144 in the second innings.

Nick Jewell is 57 n.o. Brad Hodge scored 28.

Donny
March 27, 2006, 11:40 PM
Victoria managed just 202 against the rampaging Bulls.

Jewell scored 69.

Mitch Johnson took 6/51 and Daniel Doran, 3/33.

Fittingly, Andy Bichel took the last wicket.

Great win by the Bulls. :bravo:

Queensland won by an innings and 354 runs

Biggest ever victory in a Pura Cup final

Biggest victory by Queenland in Sheffield Shield/Pura Cup History

Previous record was an innings and 285 runs vs WA at Gabba 1953/54