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FLT20 day two: Qld bolts to top

UPDATED 12 February, 2013 4:00PM AEST | by Sportal

Queensland has recorded two strong wins on day two of Futures League T20 action which has seen them bolt to the top of the table.

UPDATE: The match between NSW and WA scheduled for Mervyn Hughes Oval this morning (Wednesday) has been rescheduled to a 2pm start today at Bill Lawry Oval, Northcote.</b>

Also, please note the following changes to squad lists:
• TAS: In Tom Triffitt / Out Evan Gulbis
• WA: In Tim Monteleone / Out Darcy Short
• VIC: In Michael Topp / Out Scott Boland
• NSW: In Nick Bertus / Out Daniel Hughes

<b>Day Two Report:</b>
Queensland has recorded two strong wins on day two of Futures League T20 action which has seen them bolt to the top of the table.

In nail-biting four run win over New South Wales yesterday morning was backed up with a solid 44-run over Victoria at Toorak Park in the afternoon match, seeing them leap to the top of the table with a game in hand.

The young Bulls have one match up their sleeve after having game one (scheduled for Monday) rescheduled to today (Wednesday) due to Junction Oval being unfit for play.

The young Bulls lead South Australia on net run rate after the Redbacks had the bye yesterday.

Queensland and NSW played out match of the round yesterday morning with Queensland batting first and piling on 4-185, before restricting NSW to 8-181 after the Blues needed 14 off the last over.

The match was set-up by a brilliant century by Steve Paulsen who notched up an even ton from just 53 balls, well supported by youngster Corey Barsby with 53.

It was a tough ask for NSW in reply however the Blues kept up with the run-rate although they lost steady wickets without anyone being able to post a big score.

It was the lack of a big scorer that probably cost the Blues in the end as number seven Adam Zampa top scored with 36 not out as Brad Ipson claimed 3-40 and2-26 to Greame Skennar.

The other stand-out game on day two was between ACT and NSW at Junction Oval yesterday afternoon with the Comets getting home by just three runs.

Batting first, the Comets posted 6-158 thanks for a 51-run opening stand between Jono Dean (64) and skipper Mark Higgs (27) while Andrew McLean picked up a tidy 3-23.

In the chase, NSW finished up 7-155, their second agonising loss for the day, this time falling just three runs shy after they needed 13 off the last over.

Opening bowler Andrew Maher was the pick of the Comets attack with 4-30, including trusted with bowling the final over in which he restricted the Blues to nine runs, while also picking up three wickets.

Simon Cush was the main-stay in the NSW innings with 58 as was supported by 40 from McLean.

Day Three of play continues today with all regular round matches starting at 11am and the rescheduled game between Queensland and ACT getting underway at 2pm (details below). However with heavy rain falling in Melbourne this morning, play may well be impacted.

<b>Day Two results:</b>
<a href="
">QLD v NSW Scorecard: </a>

<a href="">ACT v NSW Scorecard </a>

<a href="">TAS 6-212 def WA 114 Scorecard </a>

<a href="
">SA 2-137 def WA 6-134 Scorecard</a>

<a href="">QLD 9-161 def VIC 9-117 Scorecard </a>

<a href="
">VIC 4-152 def ACT 67 Scorecard </a>

<b>Day Three matches:</b>
QLD v SA at Bill Lawry Oval (11am)
ACT v TAS at Princes Park 1 (11am)
NSW v WA at Mervyn Hughes Oval (11am)
QLD v ACT at Princes Park 1 (2pm – RESCHEDULED FROM MONDAY)

<b>Current Standings:</b>
Queensland (4)
South Australia (4)
Tasmania (2)
NSW (2)
Victoria (2)
ACT (2)
Western Australia (0)

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 05 December, 2011 5:10PM AEST

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