Steketee takes three wickets and narrowly misses a hat-trick

UPDATE 1.27PM: Paceman Mark Steketee almost claimed a hat-trick on his Bupa Sheffield Shield debut as he claimed three wickets.

The 21-year-old became the first player from the Warwick area since the 1970s to play Sheffield Shield cricket for Queensland this morning as he debuted for the Bulls in Hobart after Queensland won the toss and sent the home side in.

Steketee took his first wicket in his ninth over when he dismissed Ben Hilfenhaus for one, caught by Joe Burns.

He then fell just short of a hat-trick when he bowled Sam Rainbird through the gate, before drawing an edge from Australian paceman Jackson Bird the next ball.

However, the hat-trick was not to be as Australian Twenty20 batsman Ben Dunk took 21 from Steketee's next over.

The Warwick paceman was used at first change and had 3-56 from 12 overs as Tasmania were bowled out for 149.
Dunk was 20 not out as wickets started to fall around him.

The score was 4-88 after 36 overs before Hopes took two wickets in one over and then Steketee took his first wicket in Shield cricket.

Steketee debuted for the Brisbane Heat last season and early this season played his first 50-over cricket for the Bulls.

He played junior cricket in Warwick and senior cricket for Maryvale before starting his Brisbane A-grade career with Souths.

Steketee has played for Australia at under-19 level.

EARLIER: Warwick fast bowler Mark Steketee this morning made his Sheffield Shield debut for the Queensland Bulls against Tasmania in Hobart.

Steketee, who is the first Warwick cricketer to play Sheffield Shield cricket since Simon Beattie in the
1970s, currently has 0-18 from five overs.

The 21-year-old, who was named 12th man for the Bulls in their previous shield match against Victoria at the Gabba last weekend, will bowl alongside Peter George, James Hopes, Simon Milenko and Cameron Boyce in the Bulls' attack.


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