KFC Twenty20 January 5, 2007

Bulls wrap up home success

Cricinfo staff

Queensland 7 for 173 (Simpson 39, Perren 39, Christian 3-38) beat New South Wales 7 for 164 (O'Brien 38, Noffke 2-14) by nine runs
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Clinton Perren hit a vital 39 for Queensland © Getty Images
Queensland maintained their 100% start to the KFC Twenty20 with a nine-run victory at the Gabba. The Bulls' total was based around a set of solid contributions, with Clinton Perren and Chris Simpson both striking 39. Daniel Christian restricted the late-over slogs with three wickets. New South Wales stuttered from the start as Mitchell Johnson, who after a series of conflicting messages was asked to remain with Queensland rather than fly back to Sydney for the Ashes celebrations, struck early as the Bulls' strong seam attack made inroads. The Blues' main hopes went with Phil Jaques, who departed in the 11th over for 29 to leave them 5 for 80. Ashley Noffke completed an impressed four-over stint with two late strikes and conceded just 14 runs.

Tasmania v Victoria abandoned due to rain
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Victoria have moved to second and Tasmania to fourth on the KFC Twenty20 table after their match at Hobart was rained out. Constant drizzle at Bellerive Oval appeared unlikely to ease, so the game was called off without a ball being bowled. Victoria opened their account on Monday with a 34-run victory over South Australia, while Tasmania are still winless after their opening loss to Queensland.