Queensland v South Australia, FR Cup, Brisbane February 14, 2007

Unbeaten Elliott steers South Australia home

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South Australia 3 for 179 (Elliott 89*) beat Queensland 177 (Maher 51, Tait 4-32) by 7 wickets
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South Australia had Matthew Elliott to thank for their easy win © Getty Images

Matthew Elliott ensured South Australia cruised to a bonus-point victory that lifted them from the bottom of the FR Cup table at the Gabba. After dismissing Queensland for a below-par 177, the Redbacks were rarely troubled on the way to a seven-wicket win.

Elliott, who added 89 off 115 balls, steadied the innings whenever a batsman was lost and he deserved to be unbeaten alongside Darren Lehmann (30) when the result was sealed in the 38th over. Ashley Noffke was Queensland's most successful bowler with 2 for 37 on a disappointing night for the Bulls, who can still host the final.

Jimmy Maher showed his strength at the top of the order with a half-century, but he was part of an awful collapse of 5 for 22 as they slipped from 1 for 84. Jason Gillespie picked up a couple of early wickets and Ryan Harris also made in-roads before Lehmann collected two soft dismissals. Aaron Nye chipped back to Lehmann on 8 and Michael Buchanan was stumped when he missed a legside full-toss.

Chris Simpson's 25 and Andy Bichel's 21 off 15 balls, which included sixes off Dan Cullen and Gillespie, gave the Bulls a late push, but Shaun Tait ended the innings quickly. Tait, who could not find his range in his first spell, roared over the final stages to take four wickets.