Warriors in control

WESTERN AUSTRALIA are in control after the first day of their top-of-the-table Sheffield Shield clash with Queensland at the Gabba, holding the hosts to 7-212 in a day of slow scoring and accurate bowling.

After Queensland had just 105 on the board after two super-tight sessions, Chris Lynn (57 not out) regained form and was joined by all-rounder Michael Neser at the crease, in a morale-boosting 51-run sixth-wicket stand.

No.2 batsman Wade Townsend (54) was the only Queenslander with the bat, along with Lynn, to bring up a respectable half-century on a day where the Bulls lost too many cheap wickets.

Former Bull Nathan Rimmington was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with two wickets, along with talented duo Mitchell Marsh and Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Talking points

1. Cheap wickets are costly

Queensland will be ruing the poor batting from most of their order, Townsend and Lynn aside, on their wicket, which makes the first day of this Shield clash with WA even more disappointing. Take nothing away from the Warriors, their bowling and fielding was excellent – it was fast, accurate and penetrated the Bulls’ batting order.

2. Bulls a better side with James Hopes and Peter Forrest

For a Queensland side missing their injured skipper and their best batsman, the Bulls were always going to be depleted but they’re unlikely to get them back for this clash with WA so others must step up. Hopes has been struggling with knee soreness since the Big Bash, while former New South Welshman Forrest is on national duty with the ODI squad. Stand-in captain Chris Hartley (3) was embarrassed on day one, trapped by Mitchell Marsh on an lbw call, ending his time at the crease in quick fashion.

3. WA boast impressive XI, they didn’t make the BBL final with an average squad!

For anyone who saw the Perth Scorchers in the recent Big Bash League, it wouldn’t have taken long to notice that they’d built a very good squad for the inaugural season. Nathan Rimmington, Mitchell Marsh, Nathan Coulter-Nile were all influential and the Scorchers were captained very well by the experienced former Test player in Marcus North. All four played crucial roles in today’s Shield clash with Queensland.

4. Mitchell Marsh is the next best up and coming all-rounder since Shane Watson

Didn’t see much of this talented cricketer until the Big Bash, and he didn’t disappoint. With doubts over the injury-prone Shane Watson, Marsh is the next best thing. He is confident at the crease and bowls great line and length, all good signs to cement a Test birth. He was selected in the Australian T20 International squad following his breakout Big Bash campaign.

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