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Burns ton puts Bulls in control

By AAP .
10 December 2013 07:42PM EST

OPENER Joe Burns' century has put Queensland in control of their Sheffield Shield clash with Victoria at the Gabba.

At stumps on day three, the Bulls are 2-208, holding an overall lead of 219 after Burns was dismissed for an impressive 102.

Stumps were called when Burns offered a difficult return catch to Bushrangers keeper Matthew Wade who was rewarded for his unusual decision to bowl the last over of the day.

Burns - who hit 75 in the first dig - cut a devastated figure after hoping to survive the day, only to have his three and a half hour innings that featured 11 fours and two sixes end.

Burns had put on a 193-run opening stand with Luke Pomersbach who was caught behind by Wade off Scott Boland (1-47) for 85 - backing up from his first innings 73.

Burns and Pomersbach put on 131 for the first wicket in the opening innings.

Earlier a late collapse ensured Victoria were bowled out for 371 to just miss out on first innings points.

Bulls skipper James Hopes (3-61) struck as Victoria fell short of Queensland's first innings total of 8(dec)-382.

Alister McDermott (4-78) also impressed with the ball.

The Bushrangers would have backed themselves to pick up the two points at 7-368 and with big hitting all-rounder John Hastings still at the crease.

However, Victoria lost 3-3 - all victims of Hopes.

Hastings (47) was the last man to fall when he holed out on the boundary to Chris Lynn.

Victoria resumed at 5-230 on Tuesday morning but lost David Hussey (77) and Dan Christian (39) in the morning session before the Hopes-inspired collapse finished off their first innings points hopes.

Bottom team Queensland have approached the clash as a must win game after amassing just four points in five matches - 14 behind leaders NSW - while the second-last Bushrangers (8pts) are reeling from two outright losses.

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