Sport Cricket Faulkner can’t deny Vics, NSW down Queensland
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Faulkner can’t deny Vics, NSW down Queensland

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A fighting knock from Ashes squad member James Faulkner wasn’t enough to deny Victoria their first Sheffield Shield outright victory of the season against Tasmania at Bellerive.

Faulkner dug in to make 53 from 88 balls, the one bright spot for Australia to emerge out of the clash after George Bailey and Chris Rogers failed to get much batting practice.

The 23-year-old put on 68 with Tim Paine (30) for the sixth wicket to revive hopes of a draw after the pair came together at 5-116, with their side chasing an unlikely 337.

The Vics weren’t to be denied after dominating the match and removed Paine at 6-184 before Faulkner was run out at 7-191.

They finished off the home side for 207 to win by a comprehensive 129 with 47 balls remaining late on day four.

But in their final tune-up for the series against England beginning at the Gabba next week, Bailey and Rogers fell short.

The Australian Twenty20 captain, set for his Test debut in Brisbane, was out for a second innings 16 after making 37 in the first.

Opener Rogers made three and 11 after entering the match in superb touch.

Elsewhere, a defiant Chris Hartley has not been able to stop New South Wales defeating Queensland by 150 runs before lunch on the final day of their clash in Brisbane.

The Bulls wicketkeeper (78 not out) put on 59 runs with Alister McDermott (41) for the final wicket before Queensland were finally bowled out for 284 – well short of their victory target of 435.

Former Test bowler Trent Copeland was named man of the match after his hauls of 5-49 and 2-50.

David Warner (52) and Steve Smith (69) helped the Blues blast 386 in their first dig before Haddin got stuck in with a 46-ball unbeaten 50 on Friday and declared the second innings at 8-270, setting up the mammoth target.

Western Australia and South Australia had to settle for a draw on Saturday as their match came to a tepid end at Adelaide Oval.

The Redbacks put on 601 in their first innings to comfortably claim first-innings points, and the Warriors took a more defensive approach in their second dig to avoid defeat on the new drop-in pitch being used at the recently-renovated ground.

The visitors battled their way to 3-202 at the close of play with former Test batsman and the competition’s leading run-scorer Marcus North finishing on an industrious 84 not out – just shy of a second century in four days.

Test discard Phil Hughes scored a brilliant 204 on Friday to help set up the hosts huge total.

And England posted a seven-wicket win against an invitational XI at the SCG to finish their competitive preparations for next week’s Ashes opener at the Gabba.

England were able to defy the wild Sydney weather to reach their victory target of 148.

Alastair Cook made 21, Kevin Pietersen could manage just six, but Michael Carberry made 50 while Jonathan Trott (38no) and Ian Bell (33no) guided the tourists to the win.