Queensland v WA, Ryobi Cup, Brisbane February 2, 2013

Marsh and Voges crush Queensland

ESPNcricinfo staff

Western Australia 4 for 308 (Marsh 155*, Voges 112, Gale 3-50) beat Queensland 198 (Reardon 58, Behrendorff 3-39, Coulter-Nile 3-48, Agar 3-51) by 110 runs

Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges both struck career-best one-day scores to set up a comprehensive 110-run victory for Western Australia over Queensland at the Gabba. The Warriors collected a bonus point after bowling the Bulls out for 198 in the 44th over, the big chase of 309 never really having got on track after Nathan Coulter-Nile made two early breakthroughs to have Queensland at 2 for 13.

The hefty chase was required due to the 229-run third-wicket partnership between Marsh and Voges, which was all the more impressive given that they came together at 2 for 16 in the ninth over. It was Western Australia's second-highest one-day partnership of all time, falling short of the record 257 set by Murray Goodwin and Michael Hussey in 2001.

Marsh was initially slow as he tried to handle the moving ball and his first 40 deliveries brought him only 11 runs. However, he gradually began to find his rhythm and brought up his half-century from his 79th ball and his hundred from his 123rd delivery. A flurry of late runs, including three consecutive sixes off Alastair McDermott, took Marsh past his previous one-day best of 132 and he finished unbeaten on 155 from 147 balls.

Voges was quicker than Marsh initially and maintained a near run-a-ball rate throughout his innings, scoring his fourth List A hundred from his 107th delivery. He passed his previous highest score of 104 not out and was eventually caught for 112 off the bowling of Matthew Gale, who picked up three wickets.

After Queensland lost both Chris Hartley and Joe Burns for ducks, there was a slight recovery from Greg Moller, who in his first state game for more than three years made 39, and Peter Forrest (40). Nathan Reardon also scored a brisk 58 but the regular loss of wickets - Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff and the spinner Ashton Agar collected three each - meant the Bulls were never really in the contest.