Queensland seal Shield title

Afp, Brisbane

19 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

A dominant Queensland thrashed New South Wales by an innings and 33 runs to win the Sheffield Shield final on Sunday on the back of Test star Marnus Labuschagne's high-class 192.

Having bowled the Blues out for 143 on day one at Allan Border Field, with Michael Neser grabbing 5-27, the Bulls responded with an ominous 389.

Player-of-the-match Labuschagne led the charge against a quality NSW attack boasting Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon, smacking 21 boundaries in his 353-ball knock.

With NSW on the back foot, Mitchell Swepson, Xavier Bartlett and Brendan Dogget each took three wickets to skittle them for 213 in their second innings and seal the win on day four. Daniel Hughes top-scored with 40.

It was Queensland's ninth Shield title and second in four seasons.