Duck for Marnus, NSW v Qld down to wire

Glenn Cullen
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Marnus Labuschagne showed he was human while Trent Copeland had a spell for the ages as Queensland's Sheffield Shield match against NSW looked like going down to the wire in Adelaide.

Test star Labuschagne was dismissed for a duck at Karen Rolton Oval as the Bulls were rolled for 190 on Sunday, presenting the Blues with a target of 206 to win.

At stumps on the penultimate day, NSW were 3-71 with Daniel Hughes (24) and Daniel Solway (17) the not out batsmen.

Earlier, Labuschagne had faced just four balls before being adjudged lbw to Copeland (5-17 off 18 overs).

The prolific No.3 had registered a lowest score of 19 in his 11 innings prior, a particularly productive period in which he amassed six hundreds at an average of 109.

It was part of an exceptional spell from Copeland who at one stage had figures of 5-6.

"Marnus is such a super player and he is in an incredible run of form," Copeland said.

"Some of the great strengths he has by moving across the crease and negating nicks and certainly scoring prowess down the ground and on the leg side - he leaves an opportunity there for bowlers to have a crack at his stumps.

"I let him get a hundred in the first innings, but it has worked out twice."

Veteran paceman Copeland had another Test batsman in Joe Burns out for a duck, removed Bryce Street (9) and then added Usman Khawaja (41) and Matthew Renshaw (42) to his collection in the afternoon.

Test tweaker Nathan Lyon (2-74) pitched in as the wicket took turn before Mark Steketee (27) and Jack Wildermuth (24) partnered for a breezy 39 to help bolster the target.

Batting for the second time in the day, the Blues lost Nick Larkin (4), Kurtis Patterson (15) and Moises Henriques (8) to leave the match in the balance.

NSW had added 14 runs to their overnight total for the loss of three wickets to be all out for 283 in their first innings, with legspinner Mitch Swepson (5-97) the Bulls' chief wicket-taker.