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Qld build daunting Shield target for WA

AAP logoAAP 28/11/2016 Laine Clark

Dumped Test opener Joe Burns has fallen but Queensland are still on track to build an imposing victory target in their Sheffield Shield clash with Western Australia in Townsville.

At stumps on day three at Tony Ireland Stadium, the Bulls were 4-130 in their second dig, holding an overall lead of 212.

Burns - who struck a fine 68 in the first innings - was bowled by axed Test allrounder Mitch Marsh for 38 on Monday.

Marsh (2-26) also removed opener Charlie Hemphrey (27) as Queensland lost 2-9.

But Marnus Labuschagne (31 not out) has helped steady the ship as the Bulls look to build a daunting run chase on the final day.

The Warriors attack is without strike left armer Jason Behrendorff who suffered a leg stress fracture on Sunday.

Burns was dropped for Australia's third Test against South Africa in Adelaide but appears to have regained form in Townsville.

Backing up from his first innings half century, Burns struck three fours and a six in his entertaining 55-ball knock on Monday.

Earlier, the Warriors declared their first innings at 6-340 in reply to Queensland's 422 opening dig.

Test aspirant Cameron Bancroft top scored with 103 while Australian one-day bolter Hilton Cartwright fell for 84.

Marsh made just 14.

It was a welcome return to form for Bancroft, who added 15 to his overnight score.

Backed publicly by Steve Waugh just last month for a Test debut, Bancroft had failed to fire this Shield season until now.

He had made just 78 runs in his six previous Shield knocks.

Cartwright struck his third half century of the season, showing the form that earned him Australian one-day squad selection for next month's series against New Zealand.

Michael Neser (2-50) was the pick of the Bulls bowlers.

The Warriors resumed on 3-186 on Monday.

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