Queensland v WA, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane, 4th day February 9, 2012

Warriors win thriller nine down

ESPNcricinfo staff

Western Australia 359 and 9 for 68 (McDermott 7-24) beat Queensland 251 and 175 (Burns 43, Beer 3-19, Rimmington 3-28) by 1 wicket

Alister McDermott's seven-wicket haul narrowly failed to earn Queensland a stunning win at the Gabba, where Western Australia chased 68 for victory and got there nine wickets down. In a thrilling finale, Ben Cutting collected the eighth and ninth wickets from consecutive balls with the Warriors still needing four to win, but the No.11 Michael Hogan picked up two from each of the next two deliveries to secure the win.

Nathan Rimmington was at the other on 16 when the winning runs came, the top seven batsmen all having fallen to McDermott, whose 7 for 24 easily eclipsed his previous best first-class figures of 3 for 36. The small target started to look a bit tougher when McDermott had Liam Davis caught behind in the first over, Wes Robinson caught down leg side in the third over and Marcus North lbw in the seventh over.

It left the Warriors at 3 for 23 and worse was to come when both Marsh brothers were caught pulling, Shaun for 12 and Mitchell for a duck. That gave McDermott his maiden five-wicket haul in his fifth first-class match, and he followed up with Luke Ronchi caught behind for 1 and Adam Voges, the top scorer with 18, snapped up at second slip.

When Cutting chipped in with the wickets of Nathan Coulter-Nile and Michael Beer it left Queensland with a great chance to keep their unbeaten season alive, but Hogan edged two and then drove down the ground to secure the win. Remarkably, the Bulls also dropped two catches as the Warriors wobbled their way to 9 for 68, but the result was enough to push Western Australia within four points of the top-of-the-table Bulls.

Earlier in the day, Queensland had lost their last six wickets for 64 runs, as Beer collected 3 for 19 and Rimmington also picked up three victims. Joe Burns top scored for Queensland with 43.

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  • rienzie on February 10, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    Actually the pitch was playing very well. and not to take it away from Alister, our Warriors played some loose shots and the panic that set in was nerve wrecking. Great entertainment and the legacy of Mickey arhturs lives on during this resurgant season of theirs. Isnt it a coincidence the Aussie test team are playing so well together. What a match!!!! And can I say this, welcome Alister McDermott, as you must be on the radar after this performance.

  • Dummy4 on February 9, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    This is a great result for the Warriors. As usual they collapsed chasing a tiny 2nd innings target but the ball must have been moving a bit. Agree with Rienzie, longform game of the season thus far. Loving Aussie domestic cricket this year.

  • Mark on February 9, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Qld have won 5 of their 7 matches so far but could easily be 7 from 7. Today they lost by 1 wicket and their previous match vs VIC at MCG was drawn with scores level. But we are post-Xmas when they usually struggle. Interesting 6 weeks of the season ahead!

  • Terry on February 9, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Never in doubt. Presume the Banana Benders will be punished for a dodgy pitch.

  • Dummy4 on February 9, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    One of the greatest games I heard on radio this morning... what a match. Warrior with the points but Bulls with the psychological edge... What a game!!!!!!!!

  • Lou on February 9, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    I can't believe the Warriors have won 4 matches this season. They are usually chasing the Wooden Spoon, not the Shield title. Excellent result even if they did their best to throw it away. The ball must have been moving around a lot for McDermott, though he's looked good all season in short forms.

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