Matador BBQs One-Day Cup 2015
Matador Cup team of the tournament
With the champions set to be crowned on Sunday, we pick our team of the Matador Cup
Callum Kanoniuk Sydney
24 October 2015, 04:58 PM AEST
It feels like it only just begun, but the Matador BBQs One-Day Cup comes to a close tomorrow with the star-studded NSW Blues taking on the giant-killing West End Redbacks at North Sydney Oval.
A number of Test hopefuls have pressed their claims throughout the three-week tournament, while a few lesser known players have put their name up in lights ahead of the international summer of cricket.
So with just the big dance remaining, here's our team of the tournament based on the performances in this year's domestic competition.
Shaun Marsh - Alcohol.Think Again Western Warriors
The leading run-scorer in the tournament with 390 runs, Marsh showed the class and skill that has seen him play 46 one-day internationals for his country.
The left-handed opener blasted two superb centuries against South Australia and the Cricket Australia XI to ensure he will be well and truly in contention for a national recall in the Victoria Bitter ODI Series against India in January.
Watch: Marsh torches CA XI for 186 (restrictions apply)
Nic Maddinson - NSW Blues
Leading into the summer, Maddinson was clearly determined to become more than just a 'good' player and the 23-year-old has started in promising fashion with 336 runs in the 50-over format so far.
His century in a successful run chase against Tasmania was a highlight, while his brutal - albeit - brief knock against Victoria at North Sydney Oval was a reminder of the power-hitting ability that has excited cricket fans for a few years now.
Watch: Maddinson proves a match-winner (restrictions apply)
Steve Smith (c) - NSW Blues
The national skipper has proven to be a class above during most of the tournament, but consecutive ducks were enough to prove he is human after all.
Smith will be the key wicket for the South Australians in tomorrow's final as he aims to lead the Blues to their first one-day title in 10 years.
Watch: Smith slams yet another century (restrictions apply)
Nathan Reardon - myFootDr Queensland Bulls
Reardon was a consistent performer for the Bulls during their lacklustre campaign and often did his best work with the side in trouble, such as his knock of 87 against South Australia when he arrived at the crease on the third delivery of the day with the team 2-0.
He was rewarded with a century against the CA XI at the start of this week and finished the tournament with an average of 52.50 from his six innings.
Watch: Reardon ton lifts Queensland (restrictions apply)
Alex Ross - West End Redbacks
Ross was previously known as the bloke who loves a sweep shot, but now he is a proven match-winner and one of the biggest reasons the Redbacks now find themselves in tomorrow's final.
The bearded wonder pulled off a miraculous run chase against Queensland at North Sydney, then steered his side out of trouble in yesterday's elimination final to book an unlikely spot in the final.
Watch: Ross knock boosts Redbacks (restrictions apply)
Matthew Wade - Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers
Tim Paine was unlucky to miss out on a spot, but Wade gets the nod due to all of his work being done down the order as opposed to the Tigers keeper-batsman who opened up with solid results.
While neither player was perfect with behind the stumps, they did finish equal-first on the list of dismissals with 12 each, although Wade featured in an extra match than his counterpart.
Wade's unbeaten 63 against an incredible Blues bowling attack last weekend was his finest moment and the Bushrangers skipper will likely maintain his hold on the ODI spot for this summer's series against India.
Watch: Wade makes late charge (restrictions apply)
James Faulkner - Tasmanian Tigers
The World Cup hero didn't exactly light it up with the bat outside of a fighting fifty against the Blues, but his work with the ball was sensational with three separate three-wicket performances.
Just in case there was any doubt, Faulkner cemented his status as the country's premier all-rounder in one-day cricket and will now look to carry this form into the Sheffield Shield season as he pushes for a return in the Baggy Green.
Watch: Faulkner rips through WA (restrictions apply)
John Hastings - Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers
The hulking seamer picked up where he left off from the Qantas Tour of the British Isles to claim 12 wickets as part of a strong Bushrangers attack.
His tournament-leading seven maidens is proof of his ability to build pressure, while his skill with bat down the order was on show earlier in the tournament against the Redbacks and the Warriors.
Watch: Hastings gives NSW the Blues (restrictions apply)
James Pattinson - Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers
The Victorian spearhead started the tournament in scintillating fashion against a CA XI line-up not quite ready for the kind of pace that Pattinson was generating.
He finished with 14 wickets for the tournament and a boost in confidence after some difficulty adjusting to his new bowling action following a horrific run of injuries.
Watch: Pattinson four tames Bulls (restrictions apply)
Mitchell Starc - NSW Blues
He's already earned two barbecues for his efforts and Starc needs just two more wickets in tomorrow's final to break Shane Harwood's record for the most wickets in a domestic one-day season.
If the left-arm speedster doesn't win the player of the tournament award then there's something seriously wrong with the system.
Watch: Starc's Matador march (restrictions apply)
Jon Holland - Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers
Holland has been the form spinner on the domestic scene over the past few seasons and his 14 wickets this year will likely put him in strong contention for the ODIs this summer as the World Champions continue to search for a world-class spinner in the 50-over format.
Holland's wicket-taking ability wasn't his only strength as his left-arm orthodox spinner kept things tight at just a touch more than four runs per over.
Watch: Holland classic beats Bancroft (restrictions apply)
Coach: Jamie Siddons - West End Redbacks
In his first season in charge, Siddons has the Redbacks within one victory of an unlikely title following two seasons chained to the bottom of the table.
Honourable mentions: Cameron Bancroft, Dom Michael, Moises Henriques, Tim Paine, Kane Richardson, Callum Ferguson.