Street steers Qld to first-innings lead
Young Bull Bryce Street made the most of his last-minute call-up to hit an unbeaten half-century and give Queensland a first inning lead over South Australia at the Gabba Saturday.
Street steered the Bulls to 7-242 at stumps on a rain-hit day two of their Sheffield Shield clash.
Street, 20, only received a first-class nod after Sam Heazlett pulled out with a broken finger on Thursday.
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Bryce Street evades a ball during day 2 of the Marsh Sheffield Shield cricket match between the Queensland Bulls and the South Australia Redbacks. Picture: AAP Image/Albert PerezSource:AAP
But the left-hander didn’t look out of place, lighting up a gloomy Gabba with an unbeaten 53 to help the Bulls grab a 21-run first-innings lead before bad light finally ended a frustrating day’s play.
Despite the wet conditions Street was feeling the heat when he arrived at the crease with Queensland at 4-132 in reply to the Redbacks’ 221 following Test batsman Marnus Labuschagne’s dismissal for 32.
However, he dug deep to share an 83-run fifth wicket stand with Charlie Hemphrey (64) and help the Bulls grab a first-innings lead after showers sabotaged the start of play.
“I am not surprised to see him do well, I have seen him grow and progress (in grade cricket) – I had no doubt that when he got in he would make runs,” Hemphrey said of Street.
“We had the tougher batting conditions, there were difficult periods but he is a fairly strong minded young man.
“It’s really pleasing to see him do well and hopefully tomorrow he can kick on.”
Bryce Street of Queensland bats during day two of the Sheffield Shield match between Queensland and South Australia. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Barely 30 overs were completed by tea due to rain lashing the Gabba.
Showers all but washed out the first session with just four balls being bowled and also delayed the resumption of play after lunch by an hour.
Labuschagne provided a typically stoic display, sharing a 63-run fourth wicket stand with Hemphrey.
The Bulls appeared to have endured the worst of the miserable conditions to grab the upper hand before losing 3-22 before stumps under grey skies.
Nick Winter was the pick of the bowlers for South Australia. Picture: AAP Image/Albert PerezSource:AAP
Pick of the South Australian bowlers was left-hand quick Nick Winter (3-64) while Wes Agar (3-29) toiled away but failed to earn a scalp yesterday after dismissing former Test trio Joe Burns (39), Matt Renshaw (18) and Usman Khawaja (two) late on Friday.
Queensland resumed on day two at 3-70.
Bulls all-rounder Michael Neser (5-56) on Friday sent a reminder to Test selectors by ripping through the Redbacks’ top order before Tom Cooper (69) and Tom Andrews (78) rescued the visitors’ innings.
Originally published asStreet steers Qld to first-innings lead