Cricket Australia Items/news/2013/2/27/2013-ryobi-cup-final

Queensland win thrilling final

UPDATED 28 February, 2013 12:40PM AEST | by Robert Somers at the MCG, Omnisport 15

Queensland have won the Ryobi Cup after clinching a see-sawing final against Victoria that went down to the wire at a wet MCG on Wednesday.

Needing three runs from the last four balls, the Bushrangers lost two consecutive wickets in Ryan Harris' final over to fall heartbreakingly short in a match shortened to 32 overs a side because of rain.

Harris finished with 4-26 from 7.4 overs to be man of the match and the Bulls also had Jason Floros (47 from 32 balls) to thank for the triumph after his late-innings flurry earlier in the day boosted the Bulls to a competitive 9-146.

It was Queensland's ninth domestic one-day title and their first since 2008/09.

Perennial bridesmaids Victoria have now finished runners up a staggering five times in the past seven seasons.

The match fluctuated wildly, especially during the final 10 overs with a series of key wickets and partnerships keeping fans on edge right to the end.

With bowler-friendly conditions and a fired-up Harris to deal with, it was always going to be a difficult chase for Victoria.

They suffered an early setback when Rob Quiney (five) and Aaron Finch (seven) departed cheaply.

But a 63-run partnership between wicketkeeper/batsman Peter Handscomb (42 from 50) and captain Cameron White (28 from 34) took the Vics from 4-42 in the 13th over to within 42 of victory with six overs left.

From there Queensland seized control by removing White, Handscomb and John Hastings - all caught in the deep - inside three overs.

Up stepped tailender Clint McKay (18 from 13) and when the number nine smashed two huge sixes suddenly Victoria, needing five from the final 10 balls with three wickets in hand, were back in driver's seat.

There were more twists to come.

And Harris was the hero for the winners. The former Test star removed McKay (18 from 13) and the next ball had number 11 Fawad Ahmed caught low down at second slip by Peter Forrest to seal a pulsating win and spark jubilant celebrations.

Hopes was also instrumental, claiming 2-31 while Alister McDermott snared 3-49.

Earlier Floros, a late inclusion for injured fellow spinner Nathan Hauritz, helped Queensland recover from a bad start.

The Bushrangers made the most of winning the toss before the rain intervened, with the Bulls reduced to 4-69 after 20.1 overs.

But Queensland fought back when number seven Floros and Peter Forrest (26 from 43) took to the bowling.

Floros did most of the heavy hitting, cracking four boundaries and clearing the rope twice.

He was caught behind in the last over while trying to hook a Hastings bouncer.

Bushrangers seamer McKay (2-24 from eight overs) had the Bulls on the back foot early by claiming openers Greg Moller (26 from 45) and Chris Hartley for a duck.

Fellow fast bowlers Darren Pattinson (2-31 from eight) and Hastings (2-38 from eight) did early damage too as the Queensland middle order crumbled.

Sheridan (2-30 from four) came in for some late punishment and leg spinner Ahmed bowled impressively despite the slippery conditions.

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

First Posted 27 February, 2013 10:42PM AEST

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