Sunday 4 November 2007 

Sri Lanka Defeated By Queensland In Brisbane

Sri Lankans 210 for 9 declared (Noffke 5-36) & 226 (Vaas 84)
Queensland 295 (Bichel 125) & 142 for 6 (Perren 62no) in Brisbane
Queensland won by 4 wickets

Queensland Bulls overcame the touring Sri Lankans by four wickets in their three-day tour game in Brisbane, Clinton Perren finishing the game with an unbeaten half-century.

Sri Lanka struggled throughout the match, right from when Ashley Noffke picked up five for 36 to decimate their first innings batting; without 58 from Prasanna Jayawardene and 43 from Malinga Bandara, they may have lost by an innings.

An Andy Bichel century (125) and 50 from Mitchell Johnson helped Queensland to 295 in response to the tourists' 210 for 9 declared.

Sri Lanka's second innings showed little improvement, as they were bowled out for 226. Chaminda Vaas top scored with 84 from number nine to at least stretch the Queensland batting in the fourth innings.

Farveez Maharoof raised faint hopes of victory with a three-wicket burst, removing Ryan Broad (26), Jimmy Maher (12), and Andrew Symonds (three) and when Chris Simpson (one) and Andy Bichel (nought) were dismissed by Lasith Malinga, things were looking decidedly tricky for Queensland.

Perren, however, stood firm and found an able ally in Noffke, who remained unbeaten on 21 as Queensland closed on 142 for 6.

The first Test between Australia and Sri Lanka begins on November 8th at the Gabba, in Brisbane.

© Cricket World 2007