Queensland v NSW, Ryobi Cup, Brisbane November 21, 2012

Forrest helps Queensland to big win

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Queensland 8 for 252 (Forrest 62, Hartley 50, O'Keefe 3-65) beat New South Wales 142 (Haddin 31, McDermott 3-26, Gale 3-48) by 110 runs

Peter Forrest's first fifty-plus score of the summer in any format helped Queensland to a 110-run victory over New South Wales at the Gabba, where the Bulls also claimed a bonus point. Forrest made 62 and the acting captain Chris Hartley scored 50 as Queensland worked their way to 8 for 252 before Matthew Gale and Alister McDermott caused problems for the New South Wales batsmen in the chase.

Gale was Man of the Match for his 3 for 48, which included the key wickets of Brad Haddin, caught behind for 31, and Moises Henriques (4), caught at fine leg in the same over. Gale also had Ben Rohrer caught behind and effected a fine run-out off his own bowling when he collected the ball in his follow-through and under-armed it onto the stumps at the striker's end to find Peter Nevill short for 14.

That left New South Wales all but buried at 7 for 121, and McDermott cleaned up the tail. The evening dew made batting a little tougher for the Blues but the size of the victory was still surprisingly large, and the Bulls had Forrest, Hartley and Chris Lynn to thanks for their strong batting performance earlier in the day.

Usman Khawaja (33) and Hartley gave Queensland a solid start with a 64-run opening stand before Forrest joined Hartley a the fall of the second wicket. Forrest, who played 15 ODIs earlier this year, had slipped from the national selectors' thoughts after a disappointing start to the year - in his 12 previous innings for the Bulls this season across first-class and Ryobi Cup cricket, his top score had been 27 not out.

Forrest clubbed a few boundaries through and over the leg side and while it wasn't his most graceful innings, it was effective. He was eventually run out for 62 from 97 balls as the overs began to run out for the Bulls. Lynn's innings of 39 from 28 balls, including four sixes, was also impressive, considering he suffered a painful blow to the groin while batting, and was sent to hospital after his innings.

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  • Ross on November 22, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Agree with Hyclass, as shield champions and sheild leaders this year its hard to believe we don't have a single player in the Aus team. The 2 for me that are closes to be picked are Khawaja for batting and Mcdermott for bowling. Khawaja is the best shield player this year with nearly 500 runs and Mcdermott is continuing his good form from last year and starting to hit the right length now. Selectors need to reward performance and the Bulls are performing at the top this year.

  • Shane on November 22, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    @rahul_Ashok - are you kidding, Forrest cant hit it of the square this year. That's his first meaningful score in either format. before this game he had 0, 1 and 4 in the ODD comp. Batted well yesterday, although hasnt really improved his ability to knock around singles early.

  • Andrew on November 21, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    Top stuff from QLD. Really want to see Ali Mac in the National set up somewhere. Good to see Lynn get some runs, & Gannon is having a very good year or at least is a anti-NSW specialist!!!!

  • Harcourt on November 21, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    I tried hard to watch NSW bat, but the lack of mental fortitude shown was appalling.

    Peter Forrest showed the way it should be done, even if your out of touch you can graft and scrap your way to a score.

    Apart from Haddin the NSW batting line up is like a cheap sports car it looks good in the drive way but disappoints on the road!

  • Phil on November 21, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Khawaja, Forrest and Burns are the future of Aus batting, its amazing that current shield champions and leaders this year don't have a single player in the Aus team. Khawaja as shield highest scorer this year can't be too far away, he looks good in the Ryobi cup as well.

  • Rahul on November 21, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Good to see Forrest get runs, how good is the Bulls lineup looking this year with Khawaja providing sold starts for them and Burns and Forest in the middle order. They are top of the shield table because their batting is finally clicking.

  • Mariam on November 21, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    The blues batting looks very weak without Hughes and Khawaja both of whom are scoring heavily this season.

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