Some spectacular late hitting from Chris Lynn and Ben Cutting lifted Queensland to victory over NSW in the domestic one-day cup final on Sunday.
The Bulls retained their crown with a five-wicket win at North Sydney Oval, chasing down a target of 318 with just five balls to spare to extend NSW's eight-year tournament drought.
Requiring 59 off the final six overs, Queensland needed something special and Lynn (58no) and allrounder Cutting (41no) shared in an unbroken partnership of 62 from 35 balls to get the Bulls home.
They completed the pursuit in style, crashing three sixes off as many balls to seal the title.
Former NSW batsman Usman Khawaja laid the platform with an elegant knock of 104 from 100 balls, sharing in a 165-run opening partnership with Chris Hartley (78).
Man-of-the-match Khawaja staked another claim for Ashes selection with his chanceless century following on from four half-centuries in his previous six matches.
"I was real nervous watching there at the end," said Khawaja.
"I knew Cuttsy and Lynny could do it. But it was just a matter of doing it with the ball getting really soft, which made it tough to hit.
"They are probably the two strongest guys in our team and they batted beautifully.
"I didn't score too many runs in England so it was nice to get out there and get a hundred and I'm enjoying my cricket."
NSW spurned an opportunity for an even bigger tally with three batsman reaching 50 only to fall when seemingly set for a big score.
Peter Nevill (70), Steve Smith (61) and Nic Maddinson (76) all impressed with the bat, but Ben Rohrer stole the show late on with an unbeaten 48 off just 27 balls as the Blues collected crucial late runs in their 6-317.
In-form opener David Warner - who had scored three centuries in his previous four innings - was dismissed for 14 after being caught off the bowling of Test teammate Ryan Harris, although television replays indicated the Queensland quick had bowled a no-ball.
Harris bowled with good pace and collected figures of 2-40 off eight overs, while skipper James Hopes took 3-62.
Smith bemoaned his side's effort in the field after posting a competitive total.
"We fielded poorly today, probably the worst we have done in the tournament," he said.
"It's been a good tournament for us. It's about learning how to win in all situations and taking that into four-day cricket."
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First Posted 27 October, 2013 7:54PM AEST