Queensland Bulls secure back-to-back RYOBI Cup success

The Queensland Bulls have won the RYOBI One-Day Cup for the second consecutive year, beating the NSW Blues by five wickets in the final at North Sydney Oval today.

Queensland cricket team

Queensland cricket team (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Bulls triumphed when Chris Lynn (58* from 40 balls) smacked a six to successfully chase down NSW’s 317 for six with five balls to spare. Lynn’s big hitting with Ben Cutting (41*) followed a 165-run opening stand between man of the match Usman Khawaja (104) and Chris Hartley (78).

Khawaja’s century capped off a stellar tournament for the left-hander, who averaged 71 and finished second on the run scorers’ table with 426 runs from seven matches (behind David Warner’s 541 runs from eight matches).

Earlier, the NSW Blues built a solid target on the back of half centuries to Peter Nevill (70), Steve Smith (61) and Nic Maddinson (76).

James Hopes picked up 3-64 and was supported by Ryan Harris (2-40) and Nathan Hauritz (1-49).

DAVID WARNER

DAVID WARNER (Photo credit: NAPARAZZI)

For the NSW bowlers, Doug Bollinger and Sean Abbott picked up two wickets each. Medium pacer Abbott finished as the tournament’s highest wicket-taker, picking up 16 wickets at an average of 20.93 from seven matches.

The Bushranger Cameron White’s consistent performances throughout the tournament awarded him Player of the Tournament. White struck five half-centuries from the five round matches he played at an average of 86.25.

All Aussie eyes now move to the Bupa Sheffield Shield, which begins in three days on Wednesday, 30 October.

First up will be the NSW Blues and the Tasmanian Tigers at Blacktown International Sportspark 1; the West End Redbacks against the Queensland Bulls at Gliderol Stadium; and the Bushrangers v Western Warriors at the MCG.

2013-14 RYOBI One Day Cup stats

Most wickets

• Sean Abbott (NSW), 16 wickets from seven matches (20.93 average)
• Andrew Tye (WA), 13 wickets from five matches (19.3 average)
• Jon Holland (VIC), 12 wickets from seven matches (27.33 average)
• Josh Hazlewood (NSW), 12 wickets from seven matches (30.83 average)

Most runs

• David Warner (NSW), 541 runs from eight matches (67.62 average)
• Usman Khawaja (QLD), 426 runs from seven matches (71 average)
• Cameron White (VIC), 387 runs from six matches (77.4 average)

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