JLT One-Day Cup 2017
Renshaw leads Bulls to opening JLT Cup win
Test opener hits half-century before horror mix-up as CA XI push Queensland all the way in AB Field thriller
29 September 2017, 05:03 PM AEST
Queensland have shaken off another impressive performance from the the Cricket Australia XI to notch a four-wicket win in the JLT One-Day Cup in Brisbane.
Chasing 280 on Friday after sending in the visitors at Allan Border Field, the myFootDr Queensland Bulls survived several hiccups to prevail with nine balls remaining.
Queensland made hard work of the chase, with Joe Burns (49 from 40) holing out when well set, before Matthew Renshaw (67) was run out in a terrible mix up with Marnus Labuschagne.
Labuschagne then took the Bulls to within reach of the target before he was well caught on the boundary by Max Bryant for 61.
Earlier, an early onslaught from Max Bryant and some late hitting from Ben Pengelly helped the Cricket Australia XI post 7-279.
Sent in to bat by Bulls captain Usman Khawaja at Brisbane's Allan Border Field, the CA XI finished strongly after being pegged back by the leg spin of Mitchell Swepson during the middle overs.
Swepson (1-31 from 10 overs) managed to stem the flow of runs in good batting conditions and also pick up the key wicket of last-start centurion Beau Webster.
He combined with off-spinner Jason Floros (1-44 from 10 overs) to halt a bright start powered by explosive Gold Coast opener Bryant (60 from 48 balls).
Left-hander Pengelly (53 from 36) then teed off, while some errant bowling also allowed the development side post a competitive total.
Sam Heazlett, who earned an Australian ODI debut in January, was relegated to 12th man in a Queensland side featuring Khawaja, Matthew Renshaw and Joe Burns.
The young guns from the CA XI began their season in style on Wednesday at the same venue, comfortably accounting for the West End Redbacks with centuries from Beau Webster and Jake Carder the highlights.
The myFootDr Queensland Bulls, meanwhile, enter the JLT Cup with a new coach in Wade Seccombe, and are led by Khawaja who will be looking for a strong start to the season to push his case for a recall to the Australian Test team following his axing for the last start in Bangladesh.
The Bulls were runners-up in the 2016 one-day tournament and Test opener Renshaw said he was keen to put some early runs on the board to secure his place for the Ashes.
"You talk about the Ashes and how exciting it is, but I've got to get there first," Renshaw said.
"I think I might bat 12 or so times before that first Test, so it's nice to be back and I'm really looking forward to trying to get a hundred early on."
CA XI: Carder, Bryant, Webster (c), Hinchcliffe, Uppal, Merlo, Pengelley, Nielsen (wk), Steketee, Coleman, Grant. Wright 12th #JLTCup— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) September 28, 2017