A maiden double century from Joe Burns has given fresh life to Queensland’s hopes in its Sheffield Shield match against South Australia in Cairns.
Burns carved out a magnificent career-best 202 not out as the Bulls fought back in unlikely fashion on day three.
Queensland were able to declare their innings at 5-389, a deficit of 96 runs.
At the close South Australia had reached 2-59 setting up a potentially thrilling final day in a match which seemed out of Queensland’s reach at the midway point.
Queensland recommenced at 4-123 looking at a potentially massive first-innings deficit, however Burns and Jack Wildermuth (56) began to rebuild by adding 104 for the fifth wicket.
Young captain Jimmy Peirson continued the fightback with a steady knock of 82 not out and contributing to an unbroken 186-run stand for the sixth wicket.
Burns upped the ante after passing 150 eventually hitting 15 fours and four sixes to surpass his previous highest first-class score of 170.