Victoria v Queensland, ING Cup, Ballarat February 6, 2005

Hodge stars in Victoria's resounding win

Cricinfo staff

Victoria 5 for 277 (Hodge 82, Moss 77, Elliott 56) beat Queensland 139 (Seccombe 43, Harvey 4-29) by 138 runs

Victoria stayed in the hunt for a finals berth with a 138-run victory over Queensland, whose participation in the final had already been guaranteed. They are now one point behind Tasmania after narrowly failing to clinch the second bonus point that would have seen them level with Tasmania on the points table. Queensland were wrapped up for a meagre 139 in response to Victoria's 5 for 277. Had they been dismissed for 138, Victoria would have equalled Tasmania on the table.

After Victoria's openers, Matthew Elliott and Jonathan Moss, both scored half-centuries in a quick start of 100 in 91 balls, Brad Hodge continued the charge with an aggressive 82. Nathan Hauritz was the best of Queensland's bowlers with 2 for 33 from 10 overs while Ashley Noffke also chipped in with two wickets. Mitchell Johnson came in for special - and unwanted - attention, with 72 taken off his ten overs.

Queensland's batsmen found themselves hampered by the loss of Martin Love, who required stitches after fielding a powerful blow by Hodge. He batted at No. 11, and remained unbeaten on five. But he was needed higher up the order, for none, barring Wade Seccombe (43), could resist the bowlers. Ian Harvey had been dismissed for six earlier, but his efforts with the ball (4 for 29) hastened Queensland's plummet to defeat.