Mitchell Swepson (centre) celebrates with his Queensland teammates.
Mitchell Swepson (centre) celebrates with his Queensland teammates. DAVE HUNT

Bulls book ticket in Shield final

QUEENSLAND are into their first Sheffield Shield decider for five years after routing Western Australia by 211 runs on the final day of their rain-affected match in Brisbane.

Needing a win to stay in contention, the Warriors were bowled out on Friday for just 93 in the 39th over, as they chased an unlikely target of 305 from 59 overs in bowler-friendly conditions at the Gabba.

The win also means Queensland are almost certain to host the decider, barring a rare haul of bonus points from Tasmania or Victoria when they square off in next week's final round in a battle for the other spot in the final.

Fast bowler Michael Neser (3-41) tore the heart out of the WA top order to leave the visitors at 4-16.

Fellow opening bowler Luke Feldman (2-13) picked up his 200th first-class scalp, while medium-pacer Jack Wildermuth ran through the middle and lower order to claim 4-25.

Queensland's declaration was set up by another classy century from opener Matt Renshaw.

The left-hander batted confidently for his third ton in as many matches, reaching 143 not out when the Bulls closed at 2-252.

Charlie Hemphrey added 68 not out to his century from the first innings, as the pair added an unbeaten 175 for the third wicket.


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