Western Australia v Queensland, Ryobi Cup, Perth November 6, 2011

Dunk, McDermott and Gannon keep Bulls undefeated

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Queensland 7 for 233 (Dunk 115*, Marsh 4-40) beat Western Australia 229 (North 55, McDermott 5-64, Gannon 4-36) by 3 wickets

Alister McDermott and Cameron Gannon shared nine wickets to restrict Western Australia to 229 before Ben Dunk's century took Queensland home in the domestic limited overs match at the WACA ground.

Queensland's win keeps the Bulls unbeaten after three games in both the Sheffield Shield and one day competitions, a handsome start for their new coach Darren Lehmann.

The Warriors lost regular wickets throughout their innings to register only a mediocre total, but fought hard to defend the target via the swing of Mitchell Marsh the the spin of the captain Marcus North, who had earlier made a half-century.

Promoted to open, Dunk showed a wide array of strokes and plenty of composure to reach a first century for Queensland, having usurped Chris Hartley as the Bulls' limited overs wicketkeeper at the start of the season.

Gannon and McDermott earlier bowled sharply against the WA bats, McDermott bowling Marsh between bat and pad and later getting Nathan Rimmington with an outstanding return catch.

Marsh did his best to reply in kind with the ball, utilising a full length to swing the ball almost throughout the innings, as he had done in the recent Sheffield Shield match between the two teams.

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  • Warrick on November 9, 2011, 3:11 GMT

    @meety- Katichs' wickets are definitely 'left field' lol

  • Andrew on November 8, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    Don't know whether I like it or not for quality reasons - but I do like it for the sense of in your face - Katich is currently the 13th highest wicket taker this Shield season with an average of about 16! His 8 wickets means that only Beer has taken more wickets than him as a spinner! How about Katich's Baggy Green re-birth as a #8 batsmen & lead spinner??????????? (sort of kidding)

  • Andrew on November 8, 2011, 0:05 GMT

    @winsome - i think 2 of his 3 "left field" comments are valid. George has a test cap to his name - so I wouldn't call him left field - the other 2 are relatively untalked about bowlers. Hogan before this season was a journeyman at best, he is playing really well this season though. @HatsforBats - re: M Marsh, I wonder if batsmen underestimate him? Not saying this to detract from him, but my initial impression of Mitch, was that he was a batsmen who bowled tidy medium pace. I'm thinking at the moment he is a medium pacer who should be able to develop into a batting allrounder in the future? Dunno if that even makes sense!!!!

  • Warrick on November 7, 2011, 23:06 GMT

    @winsome- yes mate, I do follow domestic cricket. When I say 'left field' I refer to bowlers that haven't been in the headlines or touted as the next best thing. I'm pretty sure not many people would have had Hogan & George in their top 3-4 wicket takers this season. Hogan & George are both tall hit the pitch type of bowlers with good accuracy. Those type of bowlers have worked for oz before so I hope they do become 'fashionalbe' again. For instance, Herrick took seven wickets in the match against Tassie & Pattinson gets the headlines for 'firing out the tail'? George is young enough & taking regular wickets in Adelaide isn't easy.

  • Lou on November 7, 2011, 22:10 GMT

    Wozza, do you follow domestic cricket? If you do, why on earth would you say there is anything left-field about Hogan or George taking wickets? They are opening bowlers for their states with good records over a couple of years. Beer has been bowling beautifully for WA, very accurate and great control of length, it's very annoying that he's going to SA just to carry drinks. Warner is in good nick, he needs to keep going and make the most of it.

  • Andrew on November 7, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    @Wozza-CY - I'm the same way (batting), although I'd say Rohrer, S.Smith & Wade have done pretty well. Warner's FC ave is almost 60 now, I think he is really firming for a Baggy Green, (as much as some Vics or NSW conspiracists will jumping up & down). I wonder if the Argus Report has given Chris Rogers & D Hussey a sniff? As far as bowling is concerned, there certainly is a few "unfashionables' amongst the wickets (Hogan, Putland & Herrick). Can't believe Coulter-Nile is injured (well actually I'm not surprised). What I am surprised about is- Beer is our leading spinner, & Maxwell (bat & ball), Holland, Doherty & Boyce are amongst the wickets. The spinner I most want to see take wickets (other than S Smith & O'Keefe) is Cullen Bailey. He bowled well for not much luck against NSW so far. As I said earlier - I think Cutting is a MUST for the next Ashes, I also think Butterworth should get a go too! Also - Faulkner is showing continued allround skill.

  • Warrick on November 7, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    @ hastforbats/Meety etc. I had been hoping for a battle royale in vying for places in the batting order of the test team. I had considered/hoped it would come from Cosgrove, Finch, Ferguson & Warner. It appears only Warner seems to be fighting his corner with the others having a relatively slow start to the season. Of the seamers, Starc, Hazelwood, Pattinson & Butterworth haven't had the impact I had expected. The wickets are coming from left field with Herrick, George & Hogan. Cutting is flying, but there's nothing like a bit of competition!

  • Rakesh on November 7, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    @HatsforBats you missed Ben Cutting, he is also handy with bat

  • kieran on November 7, 2011, 2:42 GMT

    @ Meety, just a quick list but I figured there were enough quicks already. I did watch Cutting yesterday and he bowled with some zip but no luck (the WACA was looking nice & green too). As for M.Marsh I think they tend to bat him a bit high, maybe in the future he could bat higher, but at the moment no higher than 6 might be best. He does seem to take wickets though doesn't he. Plenty of player age 18-24 showing a lot of promise.

  • Andrew on November 7, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    @ jonesy2 - I think he is more talented than his older brother, but gee he is light on runs. I'd like to know how he pilfers all his wickets! @HatsforBats - you missed (IMO) the best of the lot of them - Cutting from QLD! Injury free he is a must for the next Ashes in England! I think he is the long term replacement for Harris, & I think he is a useful batsmen too!

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