Tigers’ Webster packs on Shield pain for ailing Qld


Beau Webster’s maiden century of the season for Tasmania has piled on the pain for Queensland early on day two of the Sheffield Shield match in Hobart.

At lunch Tasmania are 7-439 at Bellerive Oval, having advanced at a steady rate from their overnight 5-325 against a weakened attack.

Webster added the required nine runs to his overnight score to reach three figures, ending the session unbeaten on 157.

Spinner Jarrod Freeman is the other batter at the crease, not out 36.

Tim Paine (42) was the first of two wickets to fall in the session after playing on to a Liam Guthrie delivery.

Lawrence Neil-Smith was then bowled by Gurinder Sandhu for seven.

Webster’s belated batting form in the final match of the season could barely have come at a worse time for Queensland.

The visitors’ strike bowler Mark Steketee was last night ruled “unlikely” to bowl again in the match after departing the field on day one with a hip complaint.

Starting the match in equal second, the Bulls need to achieve an equal or better result than Victoria in their match against Western Australia in Perth if they are to feature in next week’s final.