Queensland v WA, Ryobi Cup, Brisbane February 11, 2012

Western Australia win despite Reardon ton

ESPNcricinfo staff

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.

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Roo on February 13, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    One of the best games this season - great theatre & close right to the end... Sad to see Shaun not getting runs & Birt failing again in OD'ers - Birt has a really OD record this season...

  • Garry on February 11, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    How good is State Cricket? Look forward to it every year and as demonstrated there is nothing wrong with the 50 over game, just have to make sure not to over do it. It's a pleasure to watch North is full flow and was really pleased to see Reardon make his break through ODI ton. Nice to see more of Joe Burns as well, I was impressed when I first saw him last year so good to see an innings like yesterday, needed a bit of luck but you always do on the Gabba. Shaun Marsh did well in the SS game, got dropped on 40 so least he got a bit of a start, it's not like playing under 9's, SS is pretty hard cricket too, it's always going to take him a bit of time to get his game back mentally after the test series and from what he's said he's just worrying about the rest of the season for WA. Some players who get dropped want to get back in the Aussie side after a few games out but take their eyes off what got them there in the first place and fall further down the pecking order, Marsh has it right.

  • Mariam on February 11, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    Another failure to Shaun Marsh who looked out of sorts in his innings, even at state level he looks out of sorts. He was lucky to get 75 in the shield game after few dropped chances. Mitch Marsh is the star in the family, the earlier he is selected the better. Great to see Watson make his return for club cricket, i would bring Watson and Khawaja in to the team for the Windies tour and make sure that Marsh does not make his return for at least a few more shield seasons.

  • No featured comments at the moment.