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Mitchell Swepson delivers Queensland dramatic last-gasp victory

Queensland 183 and 306 (Steketee 52, Peirson 51*, Pattinson 4-66) beat Victoria 9 for 300 dec and 130 (Swepson 3-17) by 59 runs

Queensland legspinner Mitchell Swepson bowled the Bulls to a dramatic last-gasp victory after a calamitous collapse from Victoria on the final day at the MCG.

The home side needed 190 from 75 overs for their first win of the season but were bowled out for 130 with just seven balls left in the day.

Victoria’s last pair of Chris Tremain and Jon Holland had to survive 59 deliveries in the fading light after the chase was aborted in the last session. Tremain did an outstanding job facing 82 balls for 18 not out while Holland absorbed 27 balls without scoring. But Swepson, who had already pinned Sam Harper and Peter Siddle lbw earlier in the day, slid a fuller ball through the defence of Holland and umpire Shawn Craig raised his finger to raucous celebration from Queensland.

The umpires had played a significant part in the fourth innings. Victoria started their chase well reaching 41 without loss but lost two wickets in two overs. The second, Eamonn Vines, was given out caught down the leg side when the ball came off his armpit with his gloves raised high above his head.

Siddle was unimpressed with his lbw decision suggesting he had hit it, but Queensland were mystified shortly after when Tremain was claimed at second slip off Blake Edwards. The visitors were adamant it came straight off the outside edge but the umpire was certain it came off the back pad.

Queensland’s quicks applied pressure all day with all four claiming important breakthroughs at various stages before Swepson finished the job.

The bowlers also made major contributions with the bat in the third innings to set up the win. Mark Steketee made his just second first-class half-century and Jimmy Peirson made an excellent unbeaten 51 to extend the lead to 189. James Pattinson bowled with pace early on the final day to claim two wickets to finish with four for the innings.

But Victoria remain winless while Queensland vault to second on the table.

Article source: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/story/1206668.html?CMP=OTC-RSS

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