Recent Match Report – Tasmania vs Queensland, Sheffield Shield, 14th Match
Queensland 240 (Heazlett 135, Bird 3-55) and 0 for 18 beat Tasmania 107 (Steketee 5-19) and 150 (Bailey 82, Steketee 4-32) by ten wickets
Mark Steketee made the most of helpful conditions for pacemen at Hobart’s Bellerive Oval to complete a first-class career-best match haul of 9 for 51, and Sam Heazlett hit 135 in the first innings to lead Queensland to a ten-wicket win, inside two days, over Tasmania.
Steketee’s 5 for 19 in the first innings – also his innings best – had shot Tasmania out for 107 on the first day before Heazlett led the reply, ending the day on 54 as Queensland got to within nine runs of the Tasmania total. On the second day, Heazlett completed his fourth first-class century, and went on to score 135 in just 198 balls, his career-best score studded with 20 fours and a six.
He got decent support on the second day from No. 10 Mitchell Swepson, who hung around for 36 balls, and hit six fours in an innings of 37 before becoming the ninth man out. The total was 9 for 219 then, and Heazlett then stepped up the scoring to add 21 for the final wicket with Billy Stanlake, who faced six balls without scoring a run.
That gave Queensland a 133-run first-innings lead, which Steketee built on with three wickets within the fifth over of Tasmania’s second innings. Steketee sent back Jordan Silk first in his second over and then, in his third, accounted for Alex Doolan and Ben McDermott as well. With Cameron Gannon dismissing Beau Webster, Tasmania were 4 for 15 after five overs, looking at going down by an innings.
That it didn’t happen was chiefly because of Australia’s new selector George Bailey. Coming in at No. 4, Bailey did what he could with the remainder of the batsmen, scoring 82 in 157 balls with 13 fours before becoming the ninth man out. The next highest for Tasmania was Jackson Bird’s 22 as Steketee’s 4 for 32, Gannon’s 2 for 36 and Jack Wildermuth’s 2 for 24 shot them out for 150.
The target of 18 runs was knocked off in 5.3 overs by Bryce Street and Matt Renshaw.