'Good lord': Aussie channels Shane Warne with 'ball of the decade'

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·3-min read
Mitchell Swepson, pictured here dismissing Daniel Hughes in the Sheffield Shield.
Mitchell Swepson channelled Shane Warne with his wonder-ball. Image: Cricket Network

Mitchell Swepson has channelled the great Shane Warne with an incredible ball to dismiss Daniel Hughes in Queensland's Sheffield Shield clash with NSW.

Swepson had many mentioning Warnie's name after producing a perfect leg-break to bowl Hughes late on day three at Wollongong's North Dalton Park.

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Returning early from a nasty neck injury, Swepson removed Hughes for 16 and Kurtis Patterson for nine before the close of play.

The Queensland spinner got a ball to spit back sharply at Hughes after it pitched well outside off stump.

The delivery went straight through Hughes' defence between bat and pad to smash into leg stump.

“Look at the turn! Prodigious turn,” one commentator said. 

“Almost so wide it hit the footmarks on the edge of the pitch and spun sharply.”

Swepson's ball rekindled memories of Warne's famous delivery to Shivnerine Chanderpaul during a Test match between Australia and West Indies in 1996.

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Labuschangne and Lyon star in Shield clash

Meanwhile, Marnus Labuschagne and Nathan Lyon stayed best in class as their Sheffield Shield clash remained in the balance.

The Blues were 2-49 at stumps on the third day, trailing the Bulls by three runs.

With Western Australia struggling against Tasmania, the Blues and Bulls now seem likely to meet again in the final starting April 15, the Queenslanders also in pole position to host the fixture.

Labuschagne (112) will no doubt be a central figure in the clash, the Test star showing his appetite for runs again on Monday with his third century of the Shield season.

The No.3 was an irresistible force, cracking 11 fours in his 212-ball stay before eventually edging to Patterson at second slip off the bowling of Trent Copeland (1-48).

Mitch Swepson, pictured here celebrating the wicket of Daniel Hughes.
Mitch Swepson celebrates the wicket of Daniel Hughes in the Sheffield Shield clash between Queensland and NSW. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

He now has 629 runs at 69.88 for the season but, ever the perfectionist, said he was "disappointed to get only a small hundred".

Usman Khawaja (64) and Jimmy Peirson (59) helped bolster the Bulls' total to 433 but there was little doubt as to who the other star of the show was.

Lyon demonstrated that he remains Australia's best spinner, picking up 6-128 from a marathon 48.2 overs.

The tireless tweaker took five of the top seven wickets as the rest of the bowling contingent struggled on a largely benign deck.

He now has 39 wickets at 25 for the season and will likely finish as the competition's top bowler.

"This is actually my first full year of playing shield cricket in my whole career which is quite nice," said Lyon, used to being tied up with the Australian team.

with AAP

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