Johnson takes five in consolation win
Western Australia 9 for 240 (Voges 81, Stanlake 4-37, Steketee 3-45) beat Queensland 201 (Burns 54, Reardon 54, Johnson 5-31, Voges 3-20) by 39 runs
Mitchell Johnson ran through Queensland and collected five wickets as Western Australia finished their Matador Cup campaign with a comfortable consolation victory. Adam Voges was also in fine touch in the 39-run win, scoring 81 and picking up three wickets with his part-time spin, but the match was effectively a dead rubber with neither side having any chance of progressing.
Queensland's young new-ball pair of Billy Stanlake (4 for 37) and Mark Steketee (3 for 45) were impressive Voges steered the Warriors to a solid total of 9 for 240 after he won the toss and chose to bat. Contributions also came from Michael Klinger (48) and Mitchell Marsh (46), and Ashton Agar struck two sixes in a late cameo of 21 not out from 10 balls.
The quality of Johnson made it an extra tough chase for the Bulls; Johnson had openers Charlie Hemphrey and Usman Khawaja both caught behind cheaply, before Joe Burns and Nathan Reardon steadied with a partnership of 94 runs. Both men scored 54 but both also fell to the spin of Voges, who also trapped Michael Neser lbw and finished with 3 for 20.
Voges outbowled the specialist Agar, who struggled to contain Queensland and went for 46 off his nine overs, and did not claim a wicket. But the Warriors had enough firepower in their attack as Johnson got rid of Peter Forrest and Chris Hartley, and then claimed the final wicket to finish with 5 for 31 and secure the 39-run victory.
Western Australia were without fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile due to a minor injury to his left shoulder. The fast bowler Jhye Richardson, 19, debuted in place of Coulter-Nile and bowled six overs for 0 for 34.