Hartley and Walter star in Bulls triumph
Queensland 4 for 187 (Hartley 60, Broad 60) beat South Australia 184 (Cooper 54, Walter 4-34, Cutting 3-30) by six wickets
Queensland's makeshift opener Chris Hartley helped set up an easy six-wicket win over South Australia after the debutant fast man Scott Walter led the attack to restrict the Redbacks to 184. In a severely one-sided encounter, South Australia fell to 2 for 0 in the second over and never recovered, conceding a bonus point when the Bulls reached their target in the 37th over.
On a Gabba pitch with some tinges of green, the South Australians still had some hope following their below-par batting effort, especially with Shaun Tait taking the new ball. But Tait failed to contain the runs and Ryan Broad and Hartley were in cruise control during their 141-run partnership.
In his 52nd one-day game, Hartley posted his first half-century when given the rare opportunity at the top of the order. Broad eventually fell lbw to Aaron O'Brien for 60 and Hartley also departed for 60, but it was too late for redemption for the Redbacks, who watched Glen Batticciotto and Craig Philipson push Queensland home.
The Queensland batsmen had their bowlers to thank. Despite fielding a weakened attack missing four key fast men, the Bulls found a backup brigade capable of restricting the Redbacks. Ben Laughlin (stomach muscle), Grant Sullivan (hamstring), Ryan Harris (knee) and Chris Swan (groin) were all unavailable and it fell to Walter and Ben Cutting to lead the attack.
Cutting gave Queensland the perfect start when Michael Klinger, who had been surprisingly left out of the previous match, was lbw from the first ball of the innings. The replays suggested he had edged the ball and things only got worse for the visitors when Daniel Harris was caught at slip off Nathan Rimmington in the next over.
Mark Cosgrove (29) and Graham Manou (34) led a recovery of sorts but Walter's swing and accuracy proved difficult to manage. His excellent start to the season continued with 4 for 34 after his six-wicket haul in the Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia.
Cutting was also hard to get away and he picked up the key wicket of Tom Cooper, who had steadied the innings with a calm 54. The South Australia tail fell away quickly when O'Brien (38) lobbed a catch to point and the Redbacks were soon facing their second loss from two games in the FR Cup season.