Harts playing for keeps in milestone match for Bulls
CHRIS Hartley first pulled on the wicket-keeping gloves in a Sheffield Shield game in 2003.
In that first match he scored 103 and took four catches as his Queensland beat South Australia with a day and seven overs to spare.
Today at the Gabba the 31-year-old, who was born in Nambour, will be hoping for a similar result as the Bulls look to get their Shield season back on track after a break for the Big Bash League.
Hartley joins Wade Seccombe, the man he took over from, and 12 others in the 100-game club when the Bulls meet the Redbacks.
"It's a milestone I am proud of and it's great to be joining 13 other players who have done so much for Queensland cricket," he said.
"It would be nice if the 100th game could match the first - we get an outright win, I get a few runs and take a few catches.
"We need to get some points towards the back end of the season and it's vital we get six from this game."
Queensland goes into the game in fourth spot on the Shield ladder on 10 points. South Australia is on top with 22 points and has already had three outright wins this season.
The Bulls have called in 19-year-old Gold Coast player Nick Stevens for the injured Chris Lynn, who fractured a rib in the recent T20 international series against England.
In other Shield games starting today, second-placed New South Wales take on bottom-placed Victoria at the SCG, Western Australia takes on Tasmania at the WACA.
BULLS TEAM: James Hopes (c), Cameron Boyce, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Luke Feldman, Peter Forrest, Cameron Gannon, Chris Hartley, Usman Khawaja, Alister McDermott, Luke Pomersbach, Nick Stevens (12th man to be named).