Vics on top

A THREE-WICKET haul to skipper Cameron White has put the Bushrangers in control at stumps on day two of their Sheffield Shield match against the undefeated Bulls at the MCG.

At 5-153 Queensland trail by 345 runs with five wickets in hand in pursuit of Victoria’s imposing first innings 7-498 declared.

Joe Burns will resume for the Bulls on Sunday on 58 with stand-in skipper Chris Hartley, two.

The competition’s leading wicket-taker, Jayde Herrick, picked up the first two Queensland wickets to fall – Ryan Broad caught by Matthew Wade for 19 and Wade Townsend snapped-up at first slip by White for 26 – to take his tally for the season to 28.

White followed-up with three of his own, all from beautifully-disguised wrong ‘uns that turned sharply.

He had Peter Forrest snapped up by Rob Quiney at bat-pad for 37, bowled Chris Lynn through the gate for a duck and, in the shadows of stumps, coaxed an edge from Nathan Reardon that flew straight to David Hussey at slip.

Resuming at 4-340 the Bushrangers put on 123 for the loss of two wickets in the morning session and topped it up with a quickfire 35 in 17 minutes after lunch.

White declared the Bushrangers innings closed with the dismissal of all-rounder Glenn Maxwell for a cavalier 65.

Maxwell made short work of leg-spinner Cameron Boyce in the search for quick runs after lunch.

He smashed successive boundaries before hoisting Boyce into the second tier of the Southern Stand for one of the biggest sixes at the ‘G’ in living memory.

Boyce got his revenge the next over, however, when Maxwell holed-out to Chris Lynn at backward point.

Earlier, Hussey added just 11 to his overnight 119 overnight when he chased a wide delivery from Matthew Gale to present stand-in skipper Chris Hartley with his fourth catch for the innings.

Andrew McDonald, who started the day on 41, helped to push the Victorian total past 400 before falling lbw to Luke Feldman for 76.

The Bulls’ job in the field was made harder by the loss of in-form paceman Ben Cutting to a side strain.

Scans are expected to reveal damage to an intercostals muscle that will rule the 24-year-old out of contention for the second Test against New Zealand in Hobart starting next Friday.

The Bulls are bidding to preserve a perfect record in the Shield competition so far this season – five outright wins from five starts that includes a 66-run victory over the Bushrangers at the Gabba in October.

The Vics sit in fourth place on the competition table on 10 points, 20 shy of the Bulls and four adrift of the second-placed Warriors and third-placed Tigers.

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