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Burns shines as Queensland qualify

Joe Burns continued his recent form as Queensland clinched a place in the Sheffield Shield final after landing an impressive win against Western Australia.

Rain put paid to the opening day and after Burns was second top-scorer with 25 as Queensland posted 164 on day two, Mike Hussey doubled his overnight unbeaten 48 to take WA up to 228.

Burns, who was recently confirmed as Leicestershire's overseas signing for a large part of the 2013 season, came to the wicket for his second innings with his side on still trailing WA on 39-3.

The number five batsman posted a gutsy 76 from 185 deliveries to give his side renewed hope. Burns' innings included ten boundaries and took his match aggregate into three figures.

The Queensland score was 184-7 when Burns departed, which represented a lead of 120. There was still plenty of work to do but Queensland's lower order were in determined mood.

Michael Neser (77) and Nathan Hauritz (15) added 43 for the 8th wicket and a tremendous ninth wicket stand worth 86 between Neser (77) and Ryan Harris (54*) built on Burns' good work.

It ensured WA were set a stiff target of 273 but they were never in contention. James Hopes claimed 4-42 while Harris and Hauritz continued to contribute by taking a brace of wickets apiece. The hosts were bowled out for 152 inside 54 overs as Queensland landed a 120-run victory.


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