Queensland v NSW, Ryobi Cup, Brisbane November 20, 2011

Bulls caravan rolls on over Blues

ESPNcricinfo staff

Queensland 221 (Lynn 61, Reardon 50, Starc 5-39) beat New South Wales 171 by 50 runs

Queensland's bowlers defended a mediocre total grandly to shut out New South Wales and maintain the Bulls' unbeaten start to the summer in the domestic limited overs match in Brisbane.

The Blues would have considered themselves well placed when the hosts were bowled out for 221, the left-arm quick Mitchell Starc claiming 5-39 with a combination of speed, swing and bounce.

But the Bulls maintained the fine balance between flair and determination that has hallmarked the team under the coaching of Darren Lehmann this season when they defended the target.

The left-arm spinner Brad Ipson shared the new ball with Alister McDermott and claimed the first wicket when Daniel Smith drove too hastily. McDermott followed up with the wicket of Tim Cruickshank, bowled while attempting to pull, and the rest faded away.

Some late hitting by Starc allowed him to claim the match award, but the smiles were all Queensland's.