Queensland v Western Australia, Pura Cup, Brisbane, 4th day March 13, 2005

Bulls charge into home final against New South Wales

Cricinfo staff

Western Australia 323 and 4 for 199 (Hussey 54) drew with Queensland 354 and 409 (Perren 105, Seccombe 84, Hussey 3-34)
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Jimmy Maher and James Hopes celebrate the dismissal of Mike Hussey for 54 © Getty Images

Queensland won the right to host the Pura Cup final after Wade Seccombe's 84 pushed them to an unbeatable position against Western Australia at the Gabba. Western Australia needed an impossible 354 in the final session's 36 overs to win and finished at 4 for 199 in a draw that ended their season. Queensland will play New South Wales at the Gabba starting from Friday.

Michael Hussey, who finished with three wickets, reached 54 and Chris Rogers, Murray Goodwin and Marcus North each got 45, but they were never close to reaching the massive victory target. Western Australia were frustrated by Queensland batting through the first session with Seccombe, who reached his highest score of the season, sharing valuable partnerships with Mitchell Johnson and Joe Dawes.

The Bulls received further good news when James Hopes cleared himself for the final after shaking off a hamstring strain suffered during the match. "I've got close to full power back close to 40 minutes after it so they are just saying you're tearing scar tissue which sometimes happens, so there's no new injury," Hopes said.

Queensland have not beaten New South Wales in five finals since 1984-85, the last loss coming two seasons ago when the Blues won by 246 runs at the Gabba.