Returns For WACA Clash
The Queensland Bulls have recalled fast bowler Billy Stanlake for their final regular season Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia at the WACA next week.
Stanlake returns to the line-up in place of batting allrounder Nathan McSweeney, who will play for Norths this weekend in the Bulls Masters Premier Cricket Semi-Finals.
Stanlake is in line for his second Shield appearance of the season after playing against NSW at the Gabba earlier this month, taking four wickets.
The Bulls remain a mathematical chance to qualify for the Shield Final against Victoria but would need an outright win over the Warriors and other results to go their way.
The game against the Warriors will be Luke Feldman’s 63rd and last game for the Bulls barring a Finals appearance, with the paceman confirming his retirement at the end of the season.
Feldman, who will resume his career with the Queensland Police Service, said he was grateful for the opportunities he has had during his 10-year career.
“I have enjoyed playing with and against some outstanding cricketers and this game will be no different, other than it is probably my last for Queensland,’’ he said.
The Bulls will travel to Perth on Monday morning to prepare for the match starting on Wednesday.
Queensland currently hold down third spot on the ladder, dependent on the result of the match between WA and Tasmania that will be determined later today.
The Shield game will be streamed live on cricket.com.au and through the Cricket LIVE app.
JLT Sheffield Shield
Queensland Bulls v Western Warriors, Wed – Sat
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Position: Fourth Points so far: 30.82 Final fixture: Western Australia (third) at the WACA Ground What they need to do:
It is looking grim for the defending champions, who are relying on things to go their way in the Blues’ match against Tasmania. The Bulls need NSW to lose, but won’t want Tasmania to win too convincingly given they only lead the Tigers by 1.58 points.
Alongside winning, Queensland needs at least 1.64 bonus points to draw level with NSW on points. That is not unimaginable – if the Bulls bowl WA out within 100 overs they would only need to score 264 runs in their first 100 overs with the bat. However, they will likely need more than just the 1.64 bonus points.