Bulls, Redbacks enjoy thrill of the chase in Shield clashes
THERE were a couple of thrilling finishes as round two of the Sheffield Shield came to a close.
In Hobart, stand-in captain Chris Hartley was rewarded for a brave declaration on day three as Queensland chased down 274 on the final afternoon to defeat Tasmania by three wickets.
Hartley had declared 104 runs behind hoping that his bowlers could put his team in a position where it could chase down a reasonable total.
That's exactly what they did, as the home side was dismissed for 168.
Mark Steketee (4-52) and Ben Cutting (3-37) did the damage as the Bulls set up an intriguing finish.
The visitors lost the early wicket of Matthew Renshaw but fought back with a partnership of 132 between Scott Henry (60) and debutant Sam Heazlett (78), swinging the game back in Queensland's favour.
A flurry of wickets then put Tasmania back on top before Hartley (44no) and Jack Wildermuth (30) took the Bulls close to the winning post.
Wildermuth fell just before the target was reached but Cutting rounded off a great day with 13 off seven balls to see his side home.
At the Adelaide Oval the finish was even tighter, with South Australia prevailing by one wicket against Western Australia.
The home side needed 299 runs on the final day with all wickets intact to reach its target of 316.
Mark Cosgrove got the Redbacks off to a good start with 63 before skipper Travis Head led the victory charge.
The captain made 114 off 150 balls to put his team in sight of victory before his dismissal sparked a collapse of four wickets for 25 runs with Simon Mackin and Michael Hogan taking three wickets apiece.
The home side held on for a thrilling victory with Joe Mennie and Chadd Sayers keeping their nerve.