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Neser stars in Queensland's come-from-behind win

Queensland 243 (Burns 97, Copeland 5-74) & 3 for 315 (Labuschagne 134, Hemphrey 101, Copeland 4-94) beat New South Wales 402 (Maddinson 87, Neser 3-45) & 243 (Nevill 53, Maddinson 34, Neser 3-43) by 36 runs

Queensland will head into the Sheffield Shield final full of confidence after a stunning come-from-behind win over New South Wales in Wollongong.

The Bulls began the final day 156 runs in front. Charlie Hemphrey managed the five runs he needed to score his second century in as many matches. He fell shortly after for 101.

But the Bulls pushed on with Jack Wildermuth scoring 45 not out while Michael Neser and Mark Steketee made valuable lower-order contributions to allow a declaration to set up a chase of 280 from 52 overs. Blues paceman Trent Copeland finished with four wickets in the second innings and nine for the match.

The Blues chase started with Nick Larkin falling lbw second ball to Neser. The rest of the top order got starts but no batsman could go on with it as New South Wales slumped 7 for 156 as they tried to stay up with the required run-rate.

Peter Nevill then put together a string of partnerships with Sean Abbott, Steve O'Keefe and Harry Conway to take the Blues within sight of an unlikely victory. But he was the last man out, caught in the gully off Brendan Doggett for 53, with 37 still required.

Neser finished with three wickets while Doggett, Wildermuth and Mitch Swepson each picked up two.

NSW 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st0NCR LarkinDP Hughes
2nd40KR PattersonDP Hughes
3rd24MC HenriquesKR Patterson
4th8NJ MaddinsonKR Patterson
5th53NJ MaddinsonP Uppal
6th6PM NevillNJ Maddinson
7th25PM NevillTA Copeland
8th35PM NevillSA Abbott
9th35SNJ O'KeefePM Nevill
10th17PM NevillHNA Conway