Fired-up Burns helps Bulls pile on runs

A MONSTER score of 183 to Queensland opener Joe Burns - his highest at first-class level - has given the Bulls the upper hand on day one of their Sheffield Shield clash against New South Wales at the Gabba.

The Bulls were 3-326 at stumps.

Burns (pictured) kept the score ticking at a brisk rate, hitting 17 fours and four sixes during his 255-ball stay.

He was ably supported by Peter Forrest (87 not out), the two combining for a 254-run partnership - a record Queensland stand for the third wicket.

The Bulls were in early trouble at 2-29, before Burns and Forrest saved the day.

Gurinder Sandhu was the pick of the Blues' bowlers with 2-53 off 19 overs.

At Adelaide Oval, it was the Redbacks' Callum Ferguson who also dominated with the bat, finishing unbeaten on 137, as the hosts were 4-304 against Victoria.

Ferguson was more restrained, facing 268 balls, while Tim Ludeman was 98 not out, the two combining for a 197-run partnership.

The runs kept coming in Hobart, with Western Australia 4-231 against Tasmania. Michael Klinger was another to reach triple figures, dismissed for 100 from 279 balls.

It was the former Redback's first ton for the Warriors since moving west this summer. It was slower going for the Warriors, reaching their score from 95.1 overs, but they would be pleased to have only lost four wickets. Paceman Andrew Fekete was the pick of the bowlers for the Tigers with 2-55 off 19 overs.

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