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February 11, 2012
Western Australia 9 for 284 (North 93, Voges 62, Cutting 4-68) beat Queensland 279 (Reardon 116, Burns 82, Behrendorff 3-45) by 5 runs
Western Australia hung on to win their first match of the Ryobi Cup campaign despite a century from Queensland's Nathan Reardon at the Gabba. Chasing 285, the Bulls struggled early but worked their way back and were in the stronger position at the start of the final over, needing nine for victory with Reardon on strike facing Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Reardon struck the first ball of that over high and long but not quite far enough to clear the rope, and Travis Birt at long-on held on to the catch just inside the boundary. That left Queensland nine wickets down and the final pair of Chris Swan and Alister McDermott could not conjure the required runs as Coulter-Nile held his nerve to concede only four for the over.
The Bulls were favourites while Reardon was at the crease compiling his innings of 116, which was his first one-day century for Queensland in a career spanning seven seasons. He drove well early and was especially strong square on the off side, and he had impressive support from Joe Burns, who scored 82 as they put on 115 for the fourth wicket.
Queensland needed somebody to lead a recovery after they stumbled to 3 for 44, two of those early wickets having fallen to Jason Behrendorff, who finished with 3 for 45. At that stage Western Australia were in control, following a strong batting effort led by the captain Marcus North with 93 and Adam Voges, who made 62.
The Warriors made 9 for 284 from their 50 overs, although Shaun Marsh was not amongst the runs, caught at slip for 7. Ben Cutting picked up 4 for 68 for the Bulls, who can still make the final. However, they will now need to beat Tasmania and earn a bonus point from their final match of the campaign in order to meet South Australia in the decider.
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