The Queensland Bulls launched their RYOBI One-Day Cup campaign with a comprehensive 84-run victory over the Western Warriors at Bankstown Oval.
Nathan Reardon (92*) fell agonisingly short of a century as the Bulls reached 202 for four. Ashton Agar caught and bowled Usman Khawaja (12) with his first ball for the match, but wickets were hard to come by for the Warriors.
Chris Hartley (64) batted solidly with Reardon for a 106-run partnership, while Andrew Tye on debut for WA was the pick of the bowlers with 2-32.
The Warriors struggled in reply, losing their openers to run outs in the first and third overs. Marcus North (33) top scored as Queensland bundled WA all out for 118 and easily secured a bonus point. Jason Floros (3-37) found himself on a hat-trick, while Nathan Hauritz and Ben Cutting picked up two wickets each.
Beer said: “I don’t think conditions played that much of a part, they just adjusted better. Hats off to Reardon and Hartley. They soaked up the pressure and had wickets in hand when it was time to go and that was the difference between us and them.”
The skipper said debutant Tye was a positive to take from the game along with North’s application at the crease and Agar and Rimmington’s spells with the ball.
“He was very good with the ball, we backed him in so he performed very well,” Beer said on Tye.
This was the first RYOBI One Day Cup match for the season for both teams, following the Brisbane Heat and the Perth Scorchers’ appearances in the Champions League T20.
On Wednesday Tasmania notched their first win at the third attempt with a tense two wicket win over South Australia.
It was a victory secured despite Michael Klinger’s unbeaten 140 from 153 balls with 11 fours and 3 sixes as South Australia powered to 268-6. Tasmania crept across the line with one ball to spare as Alex Doolan (68) and Evan Gulbis (50) led the assault.
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Michael Klinger (SA), 140* v Tasmania
Nathan Reardon (QLD), 92* v WA
Cameron White (VIC), 86 v South Australia
Michael Klinger (SA), 173 runs from 2 matches (173 average)
Cameron White (VIC), 168 runs from 2 matches (168 average)
Matthew Wade (VIC), 125 runs from 3 matches (41.66 average)
John Hastings (VIC), 6 wickets from 3 matches (15.16 average)
Scott Boland (VIC), 6 wickets from 3 matches (23 average)
Moises Henrqiues (NSW), 4 wickets from 1 match (4.25 average) and Fawad Ahmed (VIC), Jon Holland (VIC) and Ben Laughlin (TAS), 4 wickets from 3 matches
- Michael Beer honoured to lead Warriors into Ryobi Cup battle (cricketbadger.com)
- Michael Klinger confident of success for South Australia and Adelaide Strikers (cricketbadger.com)
- Ryan Harris rested as Queensland begin their Ryobi Cup defence (cricketbadger.com)
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