Western Australia sign off with upset win
Western Australia 9 for 210 (Rogers 43, North 55, Kasprowicz 4-37, Johnson 4-45) beat Queensland 153 (Wates 3-32, Harvey 3-32, Magoffin 3-40) by 57 runs
Kade Harvey, Darren Wates and Steve Magoffin picked up three wickets apiece as Western Australia ended their ING Cup campaign with a convincing 57-run victory over Queensland, the runaway table-toppers who had already sealed home advantage for the final. Defending a modest total of 9 for 210 after Michael Kasprowicz and Mitchell Johnson had scalped four each at the Gabba, WA made short work of the Queensland batting order once Jimmy Maher fell to Harvey after an attacking 34.
Harvey also picked up the wickets of Clinton Perren and James Hopes, Australia's surprise one-day pick for the tour of New Zealand, as Queensland slumped from 1 for 81 to 5 for 95. Wates, who had earlier contributed a valuable 28 not out, applied the finishing touches to make sure that WA left the stage on a high.
Earlier, Kasprowicz had been instrumental in restricting WA, who had reached 0 for 102 at one stage after Johnson and Andy Bichel had shared the new ball. Kasprowicz dismissed Chris Rogers for 43 and Adam Voges for 1, and with Perren running out Marcus North (55), WA lost any trace of momentum.
With Hopes bowling a tidy ten-over spell of 0 for 35, Michael Hussey and Murray Goodwin struggled to rebuild the innings. And after doing well without success in his opening spell, Johnson came back to get rid of Goodwin and the big-hitting Luke Ronchi.
Hussey made 21, but once Kasprowicz accounted for him, there was little resistance, with only Wates flailing around enough to take the total past 200. There was further joy for Johnson, the 23-year-old who was heralded as a pace tyro before injuries stalled his progress, as he removed Brad Williams and Beau Casson to finish with figures of 4 for 45.
With nothing but bragging rights riding on the outcome of the match, Queensland seemed set to register their eighth victory of the ING Cup season, only for Harvey and friends to have the last word.