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    Another warm-up mishap results in major injury.

    Love lost as Bandy strikes
    January 29, 2007
    BATTING all-rounder David Bandy was last night shaking his head in disbelief after routing Queensland's line-up after it was rocked by a horrendous, freak injury to Martin Love.

    The little-known West Australian took career-best figures of 7-44 to dismiss the Bulls for 139 and put the Warriors in control of the pivotal match in Brisbane.
    The first shock of an eventful day came just a minute into the Bulls' pre-match warm-up at the Gabba nets when Love went down in a screaming heap during a football drill.

    The former Test batsman ruptured anterior cruciate and medial ligaments in his left knee and will undergo a reconstruction this week. It has ruled him out of the rest of the Pura Cup as well as the English county season where he was to play for Warwickshire.

    "It was terrible, the whole day was terrible, and it started badly with Lovey ... it was so innocuous," bemoaned Bulls skipper Jimmy Maher.

    "It's just devastating. It's a massive loss, to lose a bloke of his calibre, he's not replaceable."

    Western Australia batsman Marcus North, has the visitors just 28 runs from first-innings points after going to stumps unbeaten on 30.

    Love has vowed to play on after committing himself to six months of rehab.

    Bandy was stunned by his results after the Warriors won the toss and bowled on a grassy pitch.

    In just his 11th first-class match, he trapped Lachlan Stevens (14) to end a 46-run opening stand, and then followed up with the prized wicket of Shane Watson (7) before lunch. The 28-year-old took five more scalps, including 4-6 off 17 balls, as Queensland lost its last six wickets for 28 runs.

    "It was just one of those days," said Bandy, whose grandfather Lawrie played in WA's first Sheffield Shield game in 1947.

    Watson had a return to first-class cricket he'd rather forget, copping a rough lbw call and having North dropped by Maher in his first over.