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Easy Street: Bryce tons up at flat Gabba

A century for Queensland opener Bryce Street was the highlight of another batsman dominated day at the Gabba, the left hander guiding his team to within five runs of Western Australia's first innings total by stumps on day three of the Sheffield Shield match.

Street's third first class ton was part of a day that saw 270 runs scored for the loss of just four wickets, the opener making 117 from 335 balls while Marnus Labuschagne, Matt Renshaw and Jimmy Pierson all scored half centuries on a pitch offering little for the bowlers.

Western Australia struck an early blow in the opening half hour of the third day when Labuschagne was caught at short midwicket via an inside edge off the bowling of Joel Paris, the Australian number three shaking his head despite evidence of bat on ball, the ball flying to Liam Guthrie on the leg side to end Labuschagne's knock on 92.

Street continued his love affair with Western Australia's bowling attack, scoring his third first class century against Western Australia in the past 16 months in a patient knock that frustrated the visitors bowlers.

Bulls captain Usman Khawaja had got himself set when he tickled a catch down the leg side and Street's 335-ball stay was ended by a spectacular catch at long leg by Guthrie to haul in a top-edged hook.

Matt Renshaw (69*) and Peirson (57) then added 103 for the fifth wicket as Queensland, who are top of the table, opted against declaring behind to try and open up the match.

Jake Carder, playing his first Shield match of the season, claimed the last wicket of the day when Peirson was sharply caught at slip.

The game looks set to head towards a tame draw on the final day, Western Australia frustrated by Queensland's lack of willingness to play for a result as they look set to record their fifth draw from six matches this summer.

IMAGE: The Australian.


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