Queensland 264 (Hemphrey 64, Street 53, Agar 4-30, Winter 4-81) and 6 for 150 (Labuschagne 72*, Winter 4-37) beat South Australia 221 (Andrews 78, Cooper 69, Neser 5-56) and 192 by four wickets
Marnus Labuschagne continued his solid start to the season with an unbeaten 72 to guide Queensland to a four-wicket win against South Australia.
It was his third half-century in three Shield innings, all coming in two matches at the Gabba where the ball has held sway, to build on his impressive work from the Ashes. While there is debate over one or two batting spots in the Test side, Labuschagne’s is certainly not one of them.
Queensland resumed the final day needing 48 with five wickets in hand after Labuschagne had played well the previous evening to steady the chase following Nick Winter’s three wickets.
Winter struck again to remove Jimmy Peirson – his eighth wicket of the match – with 34 still needed, but Labuschagne found sturdy support in Michael Neser who faced 22 balls for his 1 not out.
Labuschagne hastened the match to a finish with three boundaries in four balls off Wes Agar, finally breaking a spirited effort by South Australia.
While some of Labuschagne’s Australia team-mates will now break off from the Sheffield Shield for the T20I series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan he is not involved so can remain focused on red-ball cricket.