Swepson takes hat-trick amid Shield drama

Roger Vaughan
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CRICKET SHIELD VICTORIA QUEENSLAND

Queensland legspinner Mitchell Swepson snared a hat-trick against Victoria at the MCG

Mitchell Swepson's hat-trick sparked a dramatic end to day two of the Victoria-Queensland Sheffield Shield match at the MCG.

Swepson helped get the visitors back into the match but the home side is still well in control after declaring at 9-300 with a first-innings lead of 117.

The visitors were then reduced to 1-3 when Peter Siddle ended an eventful day by trapping Queensland opener Bryce Street lbw for three.

Amid rain and bad light and with nightwatchman Cameron Gannon halfway to the crease, umpires then called off play.

Queensland captain Jimmy Peirson subsequently spent several minutes in conversation with the umpires amid confusion over who has to come out to bat on Thursday given Gannon hadn't made it to the pitch.

But under the rules, Gannon must bat next.

"As far as I understand, he walked out onto the field, it means he's batting ... but then again, cricket has some weird rules," said Victorian captain Peter Handscomb.

Whoever starts day three at the crease for Queensland will have to negotiate a fuming James Pattinson, with the Victorian paceman upset at being the second of Swepson's three-consecutive dismissals, controversially given out lbw.

Pattinson's mood was hardly helped when his confident appeal for caught behind in the second-last over of the day was turned down.

"You saw him fired up for that over, which is good - I love seeing Patto fired up," Handscomb said.

"It's entertaining and it's great for cricket, so hopefully he can keep going tomorrow and get us a couple of 'poles'."

Swepson, who trapped Will Sutherland lbw for 20 at the end of the 110th over, started his next over by claiming Pattinson (42) and then fired down a superb delivery to claim Siddle lbw for a golden duck.

Until an action-packed last few minutes, the stories of the day had been Handscomb's 92 and the outstanding debut from 17-year-old Jake Fraser-McGurk.

The third-youngest Victorian in Shield history made 51 and he and Handscomb combined for a fourth-wicket stand of 104 that took Victoria past Queensland's first-innings 183.

The pint-sized Fraser-McGurk said he relished the short-pitched bowling from Queensland and the increasing amount of lip that came with it.

"There was a fair bit, but I will keep it 'PG' ... I was expecting it," the youngster said.

"(It was) just about me being young and small and balls coming through at my head."

Handscomb looked set for a ton until the first ball after tea, when Mark Steketee took the new ball and trapped him lbw.

Swepson took 4-75 and Steketee also dismissed Fraser-McGurk, finishing with 2-61.