Davis stars in tight Western Australia victory
Western Australia 5 for 157 (Davis 54) beat Queensland 7 for 140 (Carseldine 54, Kelly 3-31) by five wickets (D/L method)
Western Australia had the better of a rain-interrupted match but it took them until the third-last ball to squeeze home thanks to a late fightback from Queensland. Chasing a revised total of 156 from 25 overs, the Warriors secured their second win of the FR Cup with a pair of final-over boundaries off Ryan Harris.
They needed 20 from the last two overs and Theo Doropoulos continued his strong start to the season with a cleanly-struck six over long-on off Ben Laughlin. Eight were required from the 25th over, which started with another solid Doropoulos boundary before David Bandy sliced the winning four over point.
The win was a relief for the Warriors, who appeared to be cruising early in the chase as Liam Davis and Marcus North put together a 61-run third-wicket partnership at better than a run a ball. Davis pulled a pair of sixes in his half-century and made Andrew Symonds pay for dropping him at cover off Chris Simpson when he had 23.
Davis (54) was eventually taken by Clinton Perren at point off a top edge and Perren added further drama by hitting the stumps from side on to run out North for 42. The loss of Adam Voges, to a terrific diving return catch from Harris, gave the Bulls hope but the power of Doropoulos snuffed out their chances.
The weather played its part as well. Queensland were sent in, although their openers had to wait through a long rain delay before facing the first over, and another three rain interruptions halted their progress. The last break ended so late that they were asked to return to the crease for one final Trent Kelly over, which brought three wickets and five runs.
Lee Carseldine was the first to go in the final over after top scoring with a fluent 54. But his only real support throughout the innings came from the opener Perren, who made 39. Symonds' disappointing run continued as he holed out to long-on off Aaron Heal for 3. It was only to get worse for Symonds, who dropped Davis, was terribly wayward in three overs of medium pace and offspin that cost 31 runs, and finished on the losing side.