Latest Match Report – Queensland vs Victoria Match 4 2023/24

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Latest Match Report – Queensland vs Victoria Match 4 2023/24 – Gudstory

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Queensland 26 for 0 trail Victoria 253 (short 100) with 227 points

Matt Short’s remarkable year continued with a century that roused Victoria from the brink of complete collapse on the first day of their Sheffield Shield clash with Queensland in Mackay.

Victoria threatened to go down in a heap twice after being served, first falling to 40 for 4 in the morning and then losing two wickets in the same over to Mitch Swepson late on Saturday.

But Short was their anchor through it all, steadying the visitors after they had sunk to 19 for 3, and then bringing up a fourth first-class century that helped them finish the day all out for 253.

Gurinder Sandhu bowled the third ball the 27-year-old faced after scoring his ton.

The form continued a stellar year for Short, who was named the Big Bash League Player of the Tournament in January and made his T20I and ODI debut on the respective tours of South Africa and India.

Queensland managed 26 unbeaten in reply to stumps in the absence of opener and skipper Usman Khawaja, who has been resting in preparation for the summer Test.

Victoria were 0 for 1 when Marcus Harris edged Mark Steketee to former Test opening partner Joe Burns in the slips, and off the pace after Travis Dean and Campbell Kellaway fell in successive overs.

Of the first four Victorians to be dismissed, three deliveries were late and caught, captain Peter Handscomb being the third of these as the visitors went to lunch at 64 for 4.

No. 5 hitter Short hit the ball to his right hip in the second session and appeared hampered but played through pain.

He went on to forge a 104-run partnership with fast bowler Mitchell Perry which saved Victoria’s innings.

Victoria’s only six innings, hitting Jack Wildermuth’s bowling over deep midwicket, was a highlight of Short’s time at the crease.

Having patiently worked his way through the 90s, Short slapped Swepson down the ground to mid-off to claim a quick, assured hundred off 172 balls.


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