Matador Cup team of the tournament

22 October 2016

Pat Cummins has been superb for the Blues in his return to competitive cricket // Getty

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The best players from three weeks of domestic one-day action ahead of Sunday's final

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Cameron White (Victoria)

M: 7 | Runs: 457 | Ave: 76.16 | SR: 99.34 | HS: 145 | 100s: 2 | 50s: 2

One of the most consistent performers in domestic one-day cricket in recent years, the veteran of 88 ODI caps has fired once again for the Bushrangers against the white ball. Having opened the tournament with a superb 145 in Perth, White's excellent form continued as the action shifted to the east coast, blasting an unbeaten 117 against Tasmania and then a pair of 69s in matches the Vics lost at North Sydney Oval and Drummoyne. He missed out in the Elimination Final, but it has been another stellar campaign from the 33-year-old.

Daniel Hughes (NSW Blues)

M: 7 | Runs: 386 | Ave: 64.33 | SR: 85.96 | HS: 122 | 100s: 1 | 50s: 2

After a breakout Sheffield Shield campaign last summer, the left-hander has thrived in his first full season in the domestic one-day cup. Forming a strong partnership with fellow leftie Ed Cowan at the top of the order, Hughes dominated in two crucial matches at North Sydney Oval to earn the Blues a spot in the finals. A magnificent 122 against Victoria was followed by an equally vital 96 against WA, which helped NSW cruise to victory in a must-win match.

Alex Doolan (Tasmania)

M: 6 | Runs: 362 | Ave: 120.66 | SR: 97.31 | HS: 93 | 100s: 0 | 50s: 4

Australia's Test number three just two years ago, the no-nonsense right-hander has shown signs of returning to the form that saw him elevated onto the international stage for four Tests in 2014. Having endured a largely lean patch of form since he was dropped from the Test side, Doolan has started this season with four half-centuries from just six matches and was dismissed only three times in the tournament. Undoubtedly the highlight of his campaign was his courageous 87no in a total of 210 against Victoria, which came after he'd retired hurt midway through his innings due to a painful back injury.

Adam Voges (Western Australia)

M: 6 | Runs: 301 | Ave: 75.25 | SR: 93.18 | HS: 89no | 100s: 0 | 50s: 4

Voges stamps his class ... again

After a lean Test tour of Sri Lanka, the veteran has dismissed any doubt about his spot in Australia's middle order for the start of the home summer with a consistent and polished Matador Cup campaign. The right-hander was dismissed for less than 50 just once in six innings and his unbeaten 89 against Tasmania was a masterclass in how to complete a tricky run chase. While his star-studded WA side was unable to reach the finals for the second year in a row, Voges will enter the Test summer in strong form.

Marnus Labuschagne (Queensland)

M: 6 | Runs: 260 | Ave: 52.00 | SR: 92.52 | HS: 89 | 100s: 0 | 50s: 3

Labuschagne stars as Bulls corral Bushrangers

His numbers may not be as impressive as some - he enters Sunday's final as the tournament's ninth-highest run-scorer - but the Bulls youngster has played a major role in his side's progression to the decider. With just three List A matches to his name heading into the tournament, Labuschagne has propped up an inexperienced Bulls batting line-up with three vital half-centuries, all of which came in victories. His match-winning 89 against the Bushrangers last Tuesday underlined the composure he's displayed throughout the competition, while his unbeaten 73 from just 64 balls against South Australia was a standout performance in a low-scoring match.

Tim Paine (wk) (Tasmania)

M: 6 | Runs: 217 | Ave: 43.40 | SR: 78.62 | HS: 101no | 100s: 1 | 50s: 0

In a tournament where no glovemen stood out, the experienced Tasmanian gets the nod thanks to his bright opening to the tournament. An unbeaten 101 against the CA XI helped the Tigers make a strong start to the campaign, and went some way to erasing the memories of their shock loss to the youngsters last year. Paine added middling scores of 44, 34 and 28 to go with his century, while he also completed five catches and two stumpings with the gloves.

Cameron Valente (South Australia)

M: 6 | W: 15 | Ave: 16.73 | Econ: 5.03 | BBI: 4-49 | Runs: 162 | Ave: 32.40 | SR: 92.04 | HS: 100 | 100s: 1 | 50s: 0

Valente vaults to maiden ton

The surprise package of the tournament, the previously uncapped allrounder announced himself with a century batting at No.7 against Victoria in the opening week of the tournament and he went on to lead all-comers with a tournament high of 15 wickets. In a bowling attack shorn of spearheads Daniel Worrall, Joe Mennie and Adam Zampa for most of the tournament, Valente was a reliable source of wickets with his medium pace while he also kept the run rate to a minimum. South Australia's gamble on youth for this tournament may just have unearthed a future star.

Arjun Nair (Cricket Australia XI)

M: 5 | W: 11 | Ave: 22.72 | Econ: 6.09 | BBI: 3-15 | Runs: 77 | Ave: 25.66 | SR: 77.00 | HS: 67 | 100s: 0 | 50s: 1

One of the most talked about spinners in the country despite his status as a domestic rookie, the teenager has been a shining light in a tough campaign for the CA XI. A mystery tweaker from NSW, Nair has been prolific despite not having a great deal of support from a fledgling attack that was often no match for the best and most dangerous batsmen in the country. The right-hander also managed a score of 67 with the bat, underlining his all-round ability and the reason why he's regarded as one of the most promising young cricketers in the country.

Patrick Cummins (NSW Blues)

M: 5 | W: 14 | Ave: 16.28 | Econ: 4.88 | BBI: 4-26

Cummins bags four in impressive showing

The feel-good story of the tournament, the 23-year-old speedster's comeback from a serious back injury is exciting news for both New South Wales and Australian cricket. After spending 12 months on the sidelines, a situation he knows all too well after a luckless run with injury, Cummins responded with 14 wickets in five matches as his return was carefully managed by the Blues and Cricket Australia. The right-armer bowled with impressive pace, handy movement and good rythm throughout the tournament and now has his eye on some white-ball internationals this summer, while a return to the Sheffield Shield and ultimately Test cricket is well within reach if his current form and fitness persist.

Andrew Tye (Western Australia)

M: 6 | W: 12 | Ave: 20.91 | Econ: 5.88 | BBI: 4-23

The right-armer copped plenty of punishment at times during the tournament, but his prowess in 20-over cricket came to the fore in two rain-affected victories to the Warriors. Tye, who played three T20s for Australia earlier this year, claimed figures of 3-10 from three overs in Victoria's 18-over run chase in Perth, and then 4-23 from three overs as the CA XI racked up 147 in just 15 overs at Hurstville Oval. He finished the tournament with 12 wickets at 21 from six matches, although his economy rate of just a touch under six highlights the fact that he often went the distance if he got his length wrong.

Doug Bollinger (NSW Blues)

M: 7 | W: 14 | Ave: 22.28 | Econ: 4.73 | BBI: 3-26

Bollinger fires with three wickets

The Blues veteran has been back to his best form during this tournament, a difficult one for him given his presence at the Phillip Hughes coronial inquest partway through the competition. After a slow start, Bollinger's performances lifted after his appearance at the inquest, taking 14 wickets in his next five matches, including a superb performance in a must-win clash against Western Australia. The fact that the left-armer regularly outbowled his fast-bowling teammates Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins underlines just how crucial he's been to the Blues in their title defence.

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