Abbott helps Blues to Gabba win

06 March 2019 04:27:10 EST

New South Wales are close to securing a Sheffield Shield final spot after beating Queensland by 174 runs inside three days at the Gabba.

The Blues are second in the standings behind Victoria, having bowled the home side out for 89 in their second innings.

NSW had set the Bulls 264 to win on a challenging wicket and quickly reduced them to 14-3 with paceman Sean Abbott doing the damage.

Abbott took 5-31 from 13 overs, starting when he bowled opener Joe Burns for a seven-ball duck. He had Marnus Labuschagne out lbw two balls later, the Test batsman completing a pair.

Queensland were reduced to 14-3 when Charlie Hemphrey fell in similar fashion to Abbott.

The Bulls, aware that defeat would leave their hopes of making the final in tatters, needed opener Matt Renshaw to stay around and anchor their innings, but he fell for 31 to Moises Henriques - the all-rounder finishing with 3-7 from his five overs.

NSW had earlier advanced from their overnight 103-2 to be dismissed for 298.

Henriques, who was named player of the match, top-scored for the Blues with 78, while Daniel Hughes made 68, chewing up 218 balls in a watchful knock.

The pair put on a match-high partnership of 119 for the third wicket, while Michael Neser (3-73) was the pick of the Queensland bowlers, collecting the important wickets of Hughes and Peter Nevill (9).

Western Australia, who beat South Australia by six wickets at the WACA, are NSW's main rivals for second spot.

The Blues will make sure of a place in the final if they can beat Victoria in their penultimate match at Drummoyne Oval starting on 11th March.

Meanwhile, Australia are 4/1 to lift the 2019 Cricket World Cup and 7/4 to win the 2019 Ashes series.

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