Comeback game: Warne finishes 5/152

Shane Warne took 3 wickets today - for a match total of 5 - but was on the losing side as he completed his comeback cricket match with the Victoria 2nd XI.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:05 IST
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Shane Warne took three wickets today - for a match total of five - but was on the losing side as he completed his comeback cricket match with the Victoria 2nd XI at the Junction Oval. Warne, playing his first match since his one-year drug suspension expired on Tuesday, took 120-3 from 19.5 overs, as the Queensland Academy of Sport won by three wickets on the second-last ball of the match. Australia's leading bowler with 491 Test wickets, Warne was suspended last year after his urine sample from a random drug test revealed traces of banned diuretics amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide. With 10 runs needed off the last over of the match - Warne's 20th in succession - former Australian off spinner Nathan Hauritz hit a six over mid wicket and then hit a single off the next ball to steer Queensland to victory. Hauritz finished on 54 not out from 29 balls and set up the win with a sixth-wicket stand of 68 with Chris Hartley (51). Queensland finished on 306-7 in 57.5 overs. Warne's first delivery today was hit for four by Chris Simpson (81). Warne was also slogged for five sixes, he dropped a simple caught and bowled chance and had another two chances put down in the field. He claimed the wickets of Lee Carseldine, Steven Farrell and Steven Paulsen with some clever bowling. Warne had match figures of 5-152 from 35.5 overs. His next match in his comeback is Saturday's one-dayer against Tasmania at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Warne is also set to gain selection in a Victoria state side for the domestic first-class match against Tasmania starting Monday as he attempts to reclaim his spot in the Australian Test team for next month's series against Sri Lanka. Despite bowling well yesterday, Queensland bats took to Warne with Carseldine, Farrell, Hartley (twice) and Hauritz all hitting him over the boundary. But Warne had Carseldine (33) out in his eighth over after he lofted a drive to deep mid-off where Brad Knowles took a simple catch. Warne also bowled Farrell (39) and had Paulsen (0) caught at point - in the space of four balls - in his 15th over. But it didn't all go Warne's way as he dropped a simple return chance off Farrell in his ninth over. He later watched as Hartley took a four and two sixes off three balls after Farrell was given a life by Brendan Joseland, who dropped a sitter at point, in Warne's 14th over. Hauritz and Hartley took 18 off Warne's 17th over and Matthew Gale dropped Hauritz at long off in Warne's 19th over. (AP)