Queensland v South Australia, Ryobi Cup, Townsville October 24, 2010

Lynn charges Bulls to thrilling victory

ESPNcricinfo staff

Queensland 7 for 259 (Lynn 70, Putland 3-53) beat South Australia 6 for 258 (Christian 100, Cooper 71, Gannon 3-68) by 3 wickets

Chris Lynn helped Queensland overcome a breakthrough century from Daniel Christian to snatch a dramatic victory over South Australia in Townsville. The Bulls were chasing the Redbacks' 6 for 258 and relied on Lynn, the 20-year-old, as they struggled to spark, having resumed their second innings at 2 for 101 in hot conditions.

Queensland had a 13-run advantage after their opening bat, thanks to Chris Simpson's 42 off 40 balls, but Lee Carseldine went early in the final chase for a slow 35. Lynn was left in charge and he put on 73 with Nathan Reardon (32) and stayed for 70 off 73 balls, with three sixes, before falling in the 42nd over.

Ben Dunk stepped up to blast an unbeaten 18 off 11 and Chris Hartley chipped in with 12, but when he was bowled the Bulls still wanted five off the last three balls. At that point South Australia fell apart, giving up three byes, including an overthrow, on the second last ball. Chris Duval (3 for 68) then handed the match over with a no-ball for a high full toss.

The result was a shame for Christian after he posted his highest limited-overs score to revive the Redbacks. South Australia were in trouble at 4 for 76 shortly before their first innings ended, but Christian and Tom Cooper (71) dragged them ahead during a stand of 126. Christian powered to 100 in 90 balls and blasted four sixes before being caught from the final ball of the innings, giving Cameron Gannon his third wicket.