Rain forces stumps in Brisbane

BAD WEATHER has ended play early in the final session on day three of Queensland’s and Western Australia’s clash at the Gabba, with the hosts holding a marginal three run lead at 4-111 in their second inngs.

Queensland had a positive start to the day, taking the final six Warriors’ wickets to have the visitors all out for 359 inside the first session, with a lead of 108.

The Bulls’ were once again poor at the top of the order.

They lost an early wicket – this time Wade Townsend for a duck in the first over – and players, such as Andrew Robinson (30) and Ryan Broad (40), forfeited their wickets after appearing set at the crease.

The hosts had finally moved into the lead in the 36th over of their second dig, but the dark storm clouds opened in the 37th over, bringing ground staff racing out with the heavy covers at 4pm local time.

Officials called stumps at 4:49pm, with play to resume at 9:30am on Thursday, the final day of the Shield clash between the two opposing states.

Warriors all-rounder Mitchell Marsh holds impressive innings figures of 2-14 after six overs, while Nathan Rimmington continued his strong showing against his former side, removing Townsend to set the ball rolling and compliment his career-best 3-63 in the first innings.

Young Joe Burns (32 not out) continued to show composure for the Bulls, accumulating slowly in the face of some testing bowling from the likes of Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Burns will start day four alongside captain Chris Hartley, who had time to add just one run before the rain fell.

Resuming at 3-91 after tea, Queensland’s position went from bad to worse, when first-innings top-scorer Chris Lynn feathered an edge off Coulter-Nile through to Luke Ronchi, departing without scoring in 17 deliveries.

Earlier, fast bowler Ben Cutting took 5-43 in the morning session to help bowl the Warriors out for a smaller than expected total of 359, giving his side hope with only a 108-run deficit to make up in the second innings.

Shaun Marsh (79) and Liam Davis (68) were the best of the visiting batsmen in their first innings, involved in three straight partnerships in excess of 50 runs, which set the platform for their first-innings lead.

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