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Bulls Dunk Warriors

UPDATED 24 May, 2013 9:40AM AEST | by Jacob Kagi at the WACA, Sportal

Ben Dunk's maiden Ryobi One-Day Cup century has guided Queensland to a three-wicket victory over Western Australia at the WACA Ground on Sunday.

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Ben DunkBen Dunk's maiden Ryobi One-Day Cup century has guided Queensland to a three-wicket victory over Western Australia at the WACA Ground on Sunday.

Dunk carried his bat in an innings of 115 off 124 balls to help the Bulls reach their target of 230 with six balls to spare, after young quicks Cameron Gannon and Alister McDermott combined for nine wickets to ensure the visitors only needed to reach a modest total to record their third-straight win.

Dunk lacked support, with only second-gamer Graeme Skennar (33 off 42) scoring more than 19, but he did enough to make Adam Voges deeply regret dropping the easiest of chances when the 24-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman was only on 16.

The Bulls appeared to be in trouble when they lost their sixth wicket while still needing 64 runs, and then when they needed 40 runs off the final 36 balls.

But a 51-run partnership between ninth-gamer Dunk and Skennar, in his second game, saw WA's winless start to the one-day season continue.

Mitch Marsh (4-40 off 11 overs) and Marcus North (2-42 off 10) produced excellent bowling spells for the Warriors, but it was too little too late after their batting line-up failed to produce once again, scoring less than 230 for the 15th time in their last 26 one-day games.

Twenty-two-year-old fourth-gamer Gannon was the pick of the Queensland bowlers with 4-36 off 12 overs, while McDermott, 20, took two early wickets and finished with 5-64.

The Warriors looked set to post an even lower total, but North (55 off 79) and wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi, who continued his impressive one-day form with 47 off 47, rescued the WA innings from 4-130 in the 31st over.

Marsh then took three quick wickets and North claimed two to see the Bulls slump to 6-166 in the 37th over, but Dunk, who had 12 fours and one six, ended a fantastic innings by guiding his side home with 14 runs in three balls in the 49th over.

After Ryan Broad fell for 10 to Jason Behrendorff (1-54), the Bulls steadied before Marsh dismissed Joe Burns (16), Peter Forrest (five) and James Hopes (18) in quick succession.

Nathan Reardon then attempted a rash sweep shot off North's bowling but edged it and was caught at short fine leg for 19.

Steve Paulsen (seven) then briefly helped to consolidate the innings but nicked an attempted cut off North to the 'keeper.

North and Marsh increased the pressure with tight spells that saw the required rate move above one run per ball with six overs left, but Skennar helped the Bulls' cause as he hit two boundaries in the 45th over.

Skennar was bowled by Marsh in the 48th over, leaving Queensland needing 13 off the last 12, but Dunk hit two fours and a six off three balls in the next over to get the Bulls home.

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First Posted 06 November, 2011 9:50PM AEST

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