Last weekend’s demolition of the NSW Blues by an innings and 129 runs, has the XXXX GOLD Queensland Bulls with one foot in the 2009 Weet Bix Sheffield Shield Final against the Victorians on March 13.
A stunning double-century from Bulls veteran Martin Love in his Gabba swansong was the highlight of the match. Love arrived at the crease with Queensland at 1/10 and, after nine hours of near-faultless batting, he walked off the ground undefeated on 219 when Bulls skipper Chris Simpson declared at 587.
Bulls keeper Chris Hartley chipped in with a career-best performance of 10 catches behind the wicket and a knock of 121, which would ordinarily have earned him man of the match honours, but the day belonged to Love.
In their final match of the regular season, The XXXX GOLD Bulls head down the east coast to the MCG to confront the undefeated Bushrangers. The Vics, however, will not field a full-strength side, opting to rest a number of their key quick men ahead of the final in just over a week’s time.
With the Tasmanians in need of a miracle to overhaul the Bulls in the last round, the Vics’ plan to rest their fast men could make the Bulls’ passage into the final that bit easier.
Given the Bulls get the W, the Vics will have reason to be concerned. The Bushrangers lost the Ford Ranger Cup Final to the Bulls just under a fortnight ago, in what can only be described as a colossal choke. Chuck in the fact they’ve lost their last four domestic finals in a row in all competitions and the scene is set - they simply have to win or they risk being tagged the biggest chokers in Aussie sport.
The Queensland camp are only too aware of the pressure bearing down on the Victorians and they’re confident they can exploit it to claim the silverware.