Langer guides WA to comfortable victory
Western Australia 4 for 199 (Langer 59*) beat Queensland 7 for 197 (Bichel 67*, Casson 3-30) by six wickets
Once WA sped away at more than a run-a-ball the result was never in doubt. While Langer played himself in the other batsmen attacked with freedom. Luke Ronchi blasted 31 off 25 balls, leaving the stage set for Ryan Campbell in his final one-day game before retirement. His 41-ball 40 was a fitting way to finish his limited overs career, during which time he has never been afraid to express himself.
Once Campbell had fallen to Michael Kasprowicz, Shaun Marsh and Langer added 86 in 18 overs. Langer eased to his fifty off 87 balls and WA managed to secure the bonus point by winning within 40 overs.
Despite the comprehensive defeat, the day had begun promisingly for Queensland. Jimmy Maher and the debutant, Ryan Broad, opened with a stand of 70 in under 19 overs. But Casson's three wickets stalled the innings and he was backed up by tight bowling from Peter Worthington. Bichel cut loose in the closing overs, striking five fours and three sixes, but he was soon receiving similar treatment from the WA batsmen.