A Deserved Honour

As Callum Ferguson strode to the middle to begin his final Shield innings, a touching moment was rapidly unfolding. With his head down, focused solely on the task of reviving his beloved state’s faint chances, Ferguson would have been honoured to see what was taking place in front of him.

In an act of true sportsmanship, the Queensland players had hastily arranged themselves in a guard of honour to welcome the 124-game champion to the crease for the last time. As both dressing rooms and all those in attendance joined in the applause, it was a timely reminder that while we play hard and we play to win, there is still plenty of room in sport for the sentimental.

Congratulations on a wonderful career, Callum. You will be missed, but you and your achievements will be fondly remembered forever.

Strings to Bosisto’s Bow

Defiant with the bat in both innings without finding a way to hit the scoreboard meaningfully, Bosisto showed early on day three that he has some tricks up his sleeve with the ball. Coming into the fixture with 14 first-class wickets to his name, the right-armer was given a chance to display his off-breaks against Queensland and he didn’t disappoint.

Bowling eight overs in the visitor’s short, 26-over second dig, Bosisto used flight and turn to snare the prized wicket of Marnus Labuschagne LBW for just 14. He then removed opener Bryce Street, also via the LBW method, to claim two of the three wickets Queensland would concede before deciding to declare.

Ferg’s Last Stand

Yet to be dismissed in his final first-class match after ending the first innings as the last many standing, Ferguson has so far repeated the dose in the second. Venturing to the middle with the score reading 3/65 in the 32nd over, the retiring veteran remains not out at stumps, 33 overs later.

With Henry Hunt falling shortly after Ferguson began his knock, almost the entirety of Ferguson’s stay at the crease has been with keeper Harry Nielsen. The two have built a partnership of 70 runs in their time together and will resume tomorrow desperate to find a miracle on the final day of Shield action until 2021.