Queensland cling on for gutsy win

10 October 2015

Queensland secured a tense maiden Matador Cup win for 2015 // Getty Images


Bulls defend 209 to rout Victorian top order and hold off late charge from Wade, Pattinson

Matador BBQs One-Day Cup 2015,


Queensland have held on for an upset victory, defending a target of 209 to stun a powerful Commonwelath Bank Bushrangers side in Blacktown.

On a sluggish surface in Sydney's west, Victoria's eight international players fell short against an unheralded and under-strength myFootDr Queensland Bulls side, who won the Matador BBQs One Day Cup match by 29 runs.

The Bushrangers were reduced to 7-79 in their run chase, before skipper Matthew Wade (56 from 45 balls) and James Pattinson (44 from 49) gave rise to hope of a comeback victory.

But they ultimately fell short, dismissed for 180 in 41 overs.

"Really disappointing. We let that slip, to be honest," Wade said after the match.

"I thought 230 maybe even 240 was par on that wicket. We just didn't bat well enough.

"We lost three for six and then three for one. You're not going to win many games when you lose six for seven in a big clump. That's the disappointing part. We got to within 35 or so runs and we lost six for seven, so it's disappointing."

Needing one or two early breakthroughs to increase the chances of an upset, the Bulls bowlers brilliantly delivered four in 15 overs to break the game wide open

Unheralded Mark Steketee was the star of the opening PowerPlay, removing Marcus Stoinis for 14 and the dangerous Glenn Maxwell for just 4 after James Hopes had grabbed the early wicket of Aaron Finch.

Nesser picked up 2-41 from nine overs // Getty

Three Australian players gone, the Bulls set about removing the other five spread through this powerful Bushrangers side. And their first, second and third change bowlers delivered.

Michael Neser had Peter Handscomb driving airly to cover before Cameron Boyce bowled Cameron White around his legs and Ben Cutting trapped Dan Christian for a second-ball duck.

Boyce bamboozled White to bowl him around his legs

A direct hit from the ageless Hopes then found John Hastings short of his ground, the Vics losing 3-1 and faced with a required run rate exceeding five an over.

But Wade led a strong revival, helped along by a dropped catch from Charlie Hemphrey on the deep mid-wicket boundary that would have left the Vics 8-88.

The left-handed Wade smacked four fours and three impressive sixes to provide the Bulls with some nervous moments, but the return of Hopes did the job. A short ball was pulled firmly by Wade straight to Boyce at deep backward square leg, the only man on the leg-side boundary.

Wade's 50 frustrated the Queenslanders

The Vics were still 83 runs short of victory when Wade fell, but Pattinson kept the flame going with his career-best score in List A cricket, hitting four fours and a six in a 49-run stand with Jon Holland.

But he departed for 44, caught behind attempting the slash Michael Neser through point to end any any serious thought of a Victorian win.

Having been sent in to bat, the Bulls crept their way to a total of 208 in the afternoon thanks to captain Peter Forrest (57 from 71 balls) and left-hander Nathan Reardon (42 from 66).

Pattinson picked up four wickets for Victoria 

Allrounder Ben Cutting was the only batsman of the innings, and one of only two for the match, to strike at a rate exceeding 100, with his contribution of 23 from 17 balls looking more and more impressive as the match wore on.

Forrest top-scored for Queensland

Test batsman Joe Burns scored 26 from 55 deliveries, having been dismissed for a first-ball duck in the tournament opener on Monday.

Victorian spinners Jon Holland and Glenn Maxwell were highly effective on the dead wicket, finishing with figures of 1-31 and 2-35 respectively.

Quick James Pattinson removed Chris Hartley in his first spell, Reardon in his second spell and took two more wickets in his final salvo the finish with 4-53 from his 10 overs.

Queensland appeared set for a total of around 230 before a late collapse, in which they lost three wickets for no runs, restricted their target.

Maxwell used the full toss to good effect 

The Bulls managed just 10 fours and one six in what appeared at the innings break to be a total that was just below par. On this wicket, though, and against a polished bowling performance, it proved to be just enough.

Incredibly, Marnus Labuschagne and Forrest were both dismissed by a full toss from a spinner, as was NSW Blues batsman Shane Watson in yesterday's match at North Sydney Oval.

The win was a much-needed one for the Bulls after their nine-wicket thumping at the hands of Tasmania on Monday, while the Vics also have a win and loss from two matches.

Queensland will next face South Australia at North Sydney Oval on Sunday, while the Vics will return to Blacktown International Sports Park on Monday to take on Western Australia.

Victoria XI: Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Mathew Wade (C), Cameron White, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Handscomb, Dan Christian, John Hastings, Jon Holland, James Pattinson, Scott Boland, Rob Quiney (12th man).

Queensland XI: Chris Hartley, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Reardon, Peter Forrest, Ben Cutting, James Milenko, James Hopes, Cameron Boyce, Mark Steketee, Michael Neser, Simon Milenko (12th man)

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