Tigers consolidate top spot with convincing win at the GABBA

A brilliant bowling performance from Tasmania's pace attack has led the Tigers to a convincing victory over the Queensland Bulls at the GABBA, with Gabe Bell and Billy Stanlake taking 18 wickets between them in a dominant performance.

Making his Shield debut for the Tigers, Stanlake enjoyed a stunning return to red ball cricket against his former side, while Bell took career best figures on his way to a 10 wicket haul.

Losing the toss and bowling first, the Tigers wasted no time in taking the game to the Bulls. Gabe Bell trapped debutant Angus Lovell on the pads in the fourth over, before Stanlake claimed his first Shield wicket in Tigers colours, removing Renshaw via a cracking catch from Chuck Wakim.

Things got worse for Queensland after an errant shot from Joe Burns gave Bell his second wicket caught and bowled - with the home side stuttering at 3-24.

Jack Clayton and former Tiger Ben McDermott finally got the ball rolling for the home side - but Jarrod Freeman quickly halted the momentum by cleanbowling Clayton for 26.

Bell struck again to remove Queensland captain Jimmy Peirson, but McDermott began to look ominous and started playing his typical aggressive brand of cricket. Joined by Michael Neser, McDermott quickly accelerated the innings and wrestled the Bulls back into the game.

When Neser was finally removed for a valiant 47 by Stanlake, Queensland were 6-210, adding 100 runs from the previous wicket. Another former Tiger joined McDermott, with Gurinder Sandhu providing an excellent foil as "Reggie" continued his assault on the Tasmanian attack.

Raising his bat for an excellent century, McDermott continued on his merry way all the way through - carrying the bat for an ubeaten 146*, including 20 boundaries, and giving the Bulls a more than respectable total of 282 given the early collapse.

Tasmania's first innings was a case of solid starts without anyone really going on with it - with multiple batters reaching the 20 or 30 runs before losing their wicket. Jewell (37), Wakim (35) and Webster (28) all looked promising in the early stages before losing their shape, and the Tigers scrapped their way to 219 in slightly disappointing fashion.

Trailing by 60 odd runs, Queensland suddenly had the advantage, but Gabe Bell and Billy Stanlake were quick to put Tasmania right back on top. Stanlake removed Renshaw for his second score of 2 for the match, before Bell snicked Lovell off. Stanlake struck again an over later to remove Joe Burns and Queensland were feeling a case of deja vu - all at sea and shell shocked at 3-10.

McDermott was unable to repeat his heroics as Bell trapped him lbw on 16, before clean bowling Neser in the same over - reminding the rest of the Sheffield Shield on just how dangerous he can be. 

Bell's rampage continued, castling Sandhu before snicking off Peirson four balls later to claim his fifth wicket of the innings, and leave the Bulls in massive trouble at 7-62.

While wickets fell around him, Jack Clayton battled on for the home side - fighting off illness in an inspiring performance. Bell secured his sixth wicket of the innings (and tenth for the match), removing Mark Steketee - but Liam Guthrie provided excellent resistance for the home side and allowed Clayton to continue the fight.

The duo added 60 runs before Guthrie's wicket fell - and  Mitch Swepson was charged with sticking around long enough for Clayton to reach a well deserved century. The legspinner succeeded, and Clayton raised the bat for a brilliant hundred - dragging the bulls to a total of 160 before he was finally removed on 102.

Chasing a low total with plenty of time to work with, Tasmania started brightly, but faltered when Jewell and Ward fell early on Day Three. Wakim and Silk pushed the chase along, but when Wakim fell on 36, the Bulls could smell a chance at 3-73.

However, the Tasmanian captain was having none of it. Silk quickly settled into a calm and controlled innings - playing each ball on its merit and guiding Tasmania through the second session of the day. Though Doran and Webster fell, Silk remained calm, moving past fifty and never giving Queensland a real look.

A quickfire contribution from Brad Hope put Tasmania within 25 runs, before Mitch Owen came in and finished the game off for the visitors with a towering six, with Silk finishing on a brilliant 84* to give his side a 4 wicket win.

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