Queensland crushes Victoria, Hookes livid

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January 26, 2003

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BALLARAT, Jan 26 AAP - Queensland crushed Victoria by ten wickets in their one-day ING Cup clash here today.

It took the Bulls just 117 minutes to rip through the Bushrangers before openers Martin Love and Daniel Payne cruised to victory in Queensland's 20th over - all before the match's scheduled lunch break between innings.

Victoria's tally of 65 prompted a livid David Hookes to slam the casual approach of some players towards training sessions and warned those late to any session this year would be punished.

"They'll be at the beach each morning at six this week ... they'll be told that anyone who's not (in the water) won't be selected again this year. It's not negotiable."

Allrounder Ian Harvey, who was yesterday included in Australia's world cup squad, was run out before facing a ball after a suicidal dash for a single when Michael Klinger pushed the ball to Stuart Law at short cover.

The runout typified the Bushrangers' day. They were clearly outpointed by the Bulls before a crowd of about 2000 at the picturesque Eastern Oval.

Nathan Hauritz and James Hopes took three wickets apiece for Queensland, Hauritz conceding just eight runs from his 5.4 overs.

Jason Arnberger top scored for Victoria with 22, while Harvey, captain Darren Berry, local quick Shane Harwood and Michael Lewis each failed to bother the scorer.

There were few excuses for Victoria as Bulls' wicketkeeper Wade Seccombe stood up to the medium pacers of Scott Brant and Hopes on what appeared to be a flat wicket.

Hookes said his team failed to respond to a midweek team meeting where each player's performances were put under the spotlight.

He said the Bushrangers had been poor since the New Year and he wanted to get the players "out of their comfort zone".

"We've played really poor cricket since that moment. We've got blokes that have to learn to give to the group ... there has to be much more giving from our players to the group.

"Sitting in the grandstand it (Victoria) looks like a besieged batting team, waiting for bombs to come."

Hookes said team leaders like Brad Hodge had to be more attacking in one-day games.

"Today he tries to go aggressive on the last ball or two of the over - the time to go aggressive is on the first ball or two of the over to get them on the back foot," he said.

It was Victoria's lowest-ever score in domestic one-day matches - only Western Australia, 59 against Victoria in 1969-70, and Queensland, 62 against Western Australia in 1976-77, have recorded lower scores.

Love top scored with 34 not out and opening partner Payne was 30.

The teams finished with a Super 8 friendly as a result of the early finish.

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