Bulls stay on top with hot success
Queensland 6 for 266 (Reardon 83, Carseldine 68, Philipson 50*, Haberfield 3-38) beat South Australia 236 (Klinger 74, McDermott 3-39) by 30 runs
Andrew Symonds had a quiet day as Queensland held their lead at the top of the FR Cup with a 30-run victory in steamy Alice Springs. While Symonds scored 4 and went wicket-less during his "one-off" comeback to the state's 50-over side, the team's 6 for 266 was set up by half-centuries to Nathan Reardon, Lee Carseldine and Craig Philipson.
Michael Klinger's 74 provided South Australia with a steady start in their reply, but they remained behind the required rate despite Dan Christian's late surge to drag them from 7 for 169. When Christian fell for 46 off 35 balls the hosts, who had taken the match into the Northern Territory to promote the game, had run out of power.
Nathan Rimmington was on a hat-trick when Christian and Shaun Tait both went to caught-behinds and the end came soon after with an over to spare. The result left Queensland with a comfortable buffer over the second-placed Victoria while the Redbacks are win-less after four matches. Alister McDermott continued his development with 3 for 39 and the captain Chris Simpson also collected three breakthroughs.
As the temperature hovered around 40 degrees, the Bulls' total was built by Reardon and Carseldine's stand of 154 that lifted them from 2 for 19. Reardon started the season at the top of the order but slotted in at No. 4 and top scored with a career-high 83 off 125 balls. Carseldine's 68 was important and Queensland were also thankful for Philipson's display.
After the Bulls stumbled to 5 for 189, Philipson belted 50 from 35 deliveries to finish the innings. Jake Haberfield was South Australia's most productive bowler with 3 for 38, including the first two wickets, while Aaron O'Brien picked up 2 for 32.
Symonds entered at No. 5 and stayed for three balls, starting with a boundary to mid-off from O'Brien, who watched the batsman hit to mid-on two deliveries later. He followed up with 0 for 48 from 10 overs and chipped in with three catches. Unless Queensland's injury crisis continues Symonds' next appearance will be during the domestic Twenty20 tournament.