PETER Forrest fell three runs short of what would have been a richly-deserved century as Queensland set up a shot at an outright win in the Sheffield Shield clash against NSW yesterday.
Forrest's 97 ensured the Bulls avoided the follow-on and left the visitors in a position where NSW can set them a competitive but not unreasonable total on the final day today.
At stumps on day three, the Blues were 1-111, an overall lead of 202.
Forrest (pictured) stood firm for more than five hours against a barrage of bumpers at the SCG. He was hit in the helmet by a short-pitched Doug Bollinger delivery and took several other painful blows on the body.
He was eventually bowled by spinner Steve O'Keefe when backing away to give himself room to hit the ball through the off-side.
Forrest's previously chanceless knock steered the Bulls from a precarious 3-21 when he arrived at the crease 40 minutes prior to stumps the previous day.
Early on day three, Chris Lynn was caught one-handed by Kurtis Patterson for 28 as the Bulls struggled but Forrest combined with Chris Hartley (28) and James Hopes (52) to get the visitors out of trouble.
Hopes then declared at 9-306 in a bid to salvage some points.
Nic Maddinson went after the bowling from the outset as the Blues set to build a sizeable lead.
He was eventually run out by Forrest for 67 off 86 balls, having added 110 for the first wicket with Ryan Carters.
Carters will resume today on 38 with Scott Henry (1) the other not out batsman.
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