Queensland v Western Australia, FR Cup, Brisbane October 24, 2009

Bulls roar after Rimmington hat-trick

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Queensland 4 for 198 (Hartley 70*) beat Western Australia 224 (Robinson 52, North 50, Doropoulos 63, Rimmington 3-40) by six wickets on D/L method
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Nathan Rimmington's hat-trick and Chris Hartley's second consecutive half-century set up Queensland's six-wicket win over Western Australia at the Gabba. Rimmington's lower-order strikes restricted the Warriors to 224 but two rain interruptions in the chase forced the target to be revised twice. The Bulls were ultimately set 197 from 37 overs, which they achieved with an over to spare.

The Warriors were propped by a second-wicket stand of 99 between Marcus North and Wes Robinson. North made a brisk 50 off 54 balls but Robinson's half-century was more sedate, facing 92 balls for his 52. Robinson's dismissal sparked a mini-collapse as the Warriors lost three wickets for five runs. Robinson gave the offspinner Chris Simpson the charge and was out stumped before North lobbed a full delivery tamely back to the bowler.

Simpson had his moments in the field as well when he flung himself to his right at short cover to complete a stunning catch to send back David Bandy. That catch was significant because it halted the fourth-wicket recovery between Bandy and Theo Doropoulos after the pair added 65 in just under 11 overs. Doropoulos went on to score an unbeaten run-a-ball 63 before being dismissed by Alister McDermott.

Rimmington, who also has a domestic Twenty20 hat-trick, came into the picture late in the innings when he yorked Ashley Noffke off the last ball of the 47th over. He returned to york Brett Dorey off the first ball of his following over and then induced a thick outside edge to send Michael Hogan and the Warriors packing for 224.

The Bulls lost the early wicket of Ryan Broad before the first rain interruption in the fourth over. Six overs were lost and the target was revised to 215 from 44 overs. There was another interruption in the seventh over, after which seven overs were lost, leading to a revised target of 197 from 37 overs.

Hartley, the wicketkeeper, and Lee Carseldine added 74 for the second wicket before Carseldine fell for 33, edging Hogan to the keeper while attempting a dab to third man. North struck soon after when he bowled Nathan Reardon for 6. Two half-century stands then took Queensland home, with Hartley and Glen Batticciotto adding 53 in 8.3 overs before Craig Philipson joined Hartley. Hartley finished unbeaten on 70 off 95 balls to follow up his fifty from the previous game against South Australia.