NSW v Queensland, Ryobi Cup, Canberra December 2, 2012

Hartley, Khawaja set platform for Bulls win

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Queensland 6 for 292 (Hartley 87, Khawaja 85, Henriques 3-67) defeated New South Wales 262 (Henry 65, Rohrer 80, Gannon 5-38) by 30 runs

An opening stand of 154 between the captain Chris Hartley and the opening batsman Usman Khawaja set Queensland on the path to a 30-run victory over New South Wales in the domestic limited overs match in Canberra.

Hartley and Khawaja laid a platform for the Bulls' eventual total of 6 for 292, its dimensions ultimately proving out of reach for the Blues despite a doughty rearguard from Ben Rohrer.

NSW lost regular wickets in their pursuit as Cameron Gannon picked up a first five-wicket haul of his domestic limited overs career, before Rohrer added 81 with Josh Lalor in a mere 56 balls to give the Bulls a fright.

The match was the last of the Australian domestic summer before the states break for the Twenty20 Big Bash League, which commences on December 7.

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  • Ross on December 3, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    Agree with Hyclass, Khawaja for me keeps getting better this year and Gannon and Cutting are leading the Bulls attack very well.

  • Phil on December 3, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    @Meety yes Gannon has been fantastic this season. He really does remind me of Morkel and one to watch out. I think by the end of this season Khawaja, Gannon and Cutting will be pushing strongly for Australian selection.

  • Mariam on December 3, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    For me the biggest improvement in Khawaja's game has been his fielding and running between the wickets. In the Ryobi games I have seen intend and urgency in his game which was missing last year. Hopefully he continues to improve and work on these aspects which the selectors gave him as we need this young man in the team as he will add stability to our top order.

  • Lewis on December 3, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    Good innings by Khawaja but i still think Hughes is the man. If the issue is with bringing Hughes in at 4 then how about bringing in Hughes for Cowan and bring in Khawaja for Punter, i could live with that because Hughes is the best opener in the country.

  • Mariam on December 2, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    @Jenan is correct, the time for Khawaja to be selected is now, not only did he get 85 in tough conditions today(remembering that NSW send them into bat in overcast conditions), he has been doing it consistently in both formats all year, given we are talking about replacement for number 4, there is no better batsman around then him, and I am sure selectors will reward him.

  • Andrew on December 2, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    @s.sreekant on (December 02 2012, 11:58 AM GMT) - re: Walter - he's had injuries, I believe he has played in the Futures League this year, but would be behind Ali Mac, Gannon, Cutting & Feldman for a spot. @ Rahul_Ashok on (December 02 2012, 12:10 PM GMT) - I think NSW batsmen would be sick of the sight of Gannon - he has been brilliant agaainst them. == == == Ben Cutting has to get a crack in the ODI side at least this year. He is just a really a good bowling allrounder. I think he is good enough to bat #6 or #7 for Oz.

  • Rahul on December 2, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Agree with Hyclass and ross_fleming, Khawaja continues to build his case, fantatic batting today. Gannon looks like the real deal too, very good fast bowler

  • sreekant on December 2, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    i think gannon seems to be bolwer to watch out ofr,he seems to have started well in both forms averaging in 22s and 18.If he can continue his form he can push his case for selectionmhe could be really handy and can anyone tell what happened to scott walter,he was good lefty who can swing both ways.Love the way Bulls keeps producing quality bolwers!!!!!!!1

    Joe burns is also a good batsman to groom along with chris lynn.

  • Jenan on December 2, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Usman deserves the opportunity to play test cricket asap. Any delay will probably affect his confidence and self belief! He is playing some beautiful cricket. I hope the selectors don't make the wrong decision, again...

  • Phil on December 2, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Khawaja continues to prove me wrong, i was not sure about him earlier in the season but he is scoring runs and that's all can be asked of him. NSW won the toss today and put the Bulls into bat as it rained in the morning and there was a bit of juice in the pitch. As usual Khawaja gets his runs in tough conditions to show that he is exactly the batsman we need in our top order given our familiar top order collapses. Hopefully he gets a big one in the chairman's X1 to cement his spot in the Australian team at number 4, he is the best man for the job.

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