Injury-prone Aussie all-rounder, Shane Watson has made his return to first class cricket for the XXXX GOLD Queensland Bulls this morning, after a two-month lay-off with a stress fracture in his back. Selected only as a batsman, Watson failed to trouble the scorers, lasting only three balls before heading back to the pavilion.
The penultimate match of the Bulls’ regular season is delicately poised after the northerners threw away an excellent start to the the day to limp into the lunch break at 3/83. Former test batsman and Bulls veteran, Martin Love anchored the innings with an unbeaten 32, which has helped bring the Queenslanders to within 187 runs of NSW’s 269-run total.
A win against the Blues is a must of the Bulls hope to face Victoria’s Bushrangers in what would be an intriguing final; the Bulls having “crushed” the Vics in the Ford Ranger Cup just a week ago.
Queensland currently sit two points behind Tasmania in third place on the ladder, with WA trailing the Bulls by the same margin. The Taswegians have their work cut out for them after the Vics posted an imposing total of 535 in their first dig, while the Sandgropers are in trouble with the SACAs at 1/102 in reply to their meagre total of 243. Go Bulls!