Queensland v Victoria, Ryobi Cup, Sydney October 13, 2013

Cutting blitz stuns Victoria

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Queensland 8 for 305 (Cutting 98*, Khawaja 62, Siddle 3-43) beat Victoria 279 (Quiney 59, White 51, Feldman 5-57) by 26 runs

A powerful lower-order innings from Ben Cutting, backed up by a five-wicket haul from fast bowler Luke Feldman, helped Queensland hand Victoria their first defeat of the tournament. Queensland's innings had been floundering before Cutting smashed nine sixes in his 98 off 48 balls that helped achieve a match-winning total.

The Queensland innings moved in fits and starts after they were put in to bat. Opener Chris Hartley fell for a 19-ball 5 in the seventh over to Peter Siddle, and Joe Burns followed three balls later. Chris Lynn and Usman Khawaja added 59 runs to steady the innings. Once Lynn was out, however, the wickets fell steadily and Victoria were on track to restrict Queensland to a middling total. Cutting, however, put paid to those hopes.

Together with Hauritz, Cutting saw off a few quiet overs but cut loose in the 43rd, with a six and a four. He saved the charge for the last four overs, though, targeting John Hastings, Scott Boland and David Hussey and scoring 64 off the 81 runs scored in that period. He took 19 runs off Hastings in the 48th over and then hit 25 off Hussey in the penultimate over, before finishing the innings with two sixes.

In reply, Victoria lost Michael Hill in the third over. The top and middle order put together some useful stands - Rob Quiney and Matthew Wade added 40 and Quiney and Cameron White put on 52.

White was involved in another 50-run stand with David Hussey but they lacked the big overs needed in such an imposing chase. Cutting then struck another blow for Queensland, when he dismissed Hussey and White in successive overs to leave Victoria at 164 for 4, needing 142 from 106. It wasn't entirely impossible, and the eighth-wicket pair of Peter Handscomb and Hastings took Victoria to 254 for 6. However, Feldman's last spell swung the match in favour of Queensland once again. He dismissed Handscomb and Siddle in the 46th over and then had Hastings caught by Burns in the 48th over to hasten victory for Queensland.

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  • Graham on October 16, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    Edwards_Anderson; Cowan probably got more goes because he got a ton and a 50 every 6 innings, Khawaja averages a 50 every 10 innings at test level. Im not sure why you cant see it. No one deserves goes just for turning up, you get a go and you got to earn it. As it is he still has a chance to score some runs at shield level to make it his spot. As does every other batsman. Looking at it without the one-eyed glasses on, he doesn't appear to have the mental capacity to succeed at test level, David Lloyd replied he plays a shot a ball in the nets to me this does not seem a bloke capable of playing at test level. You would think he would try to bat in the nets like he would in a game.

  • Lewis on October 14, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    Sunil guys like Khawaja need a longer go in the top side, he got 3 games only vs 19 for Cowan. There is no doubt there is something wrong with our culture when no young batsman can get a footing in the team. Khawaja go top score at Lords, gets a howler in Manchester and then dropped for Oval. How will our best young batsman develop into champions if they are not given the chances to establish themselves. I agree with the likes of Hayden, Ponting, Healy that we need to give our best young batsman the chance to find their feat otherwise we willl never improve our batting.

  • Rahul on October 14, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    Bigmaxywalker no doubt Khawaja is one of the best young batsman in the country, i think he would have found the confidence had he got more then 3 games, he top scored in Lords, got a howler in Manchester, its hard to find confidence with such limited chances as compared to someone like Cowan who got 19 tests in a row under Arthur. I agree with the likes of Hayden, Ponting, Healy that we need to give our best young batsman the chance to find their feat otherwise we willl never improve our batting.

  • Eddie on October 14, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    Its amazing how comfortable and confident Ussie looked playing for QLD compared to the terrified, deer in he headlights look he had in the Ashes. He must be the ultimate case of a confidence player. As Bumble said, Khawaja looked a million dollars in the nets with all the shots.

  • Eddie on October 14, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    Great stuff from Cutting and I am a fan of his, but in the long form of the game, he is a first change bowler. Siddle currently holds that spot in the national team and apart from injury or severe loss of form would be hard to dislodge from the side.

  • Peter on October 14, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    @ landl47, I can add that Burn's is a bit of an enigma. I have seen him a few times playing NSW at the SCG, he looked fantastic in one innings & very ordinary the other 2, really struggling on a bowler's pitch. It's like he is stuck between one day mode or fc mode & invariably chooses the wrong option. I may be harsh, but from what I have seen, he hasn't got the "it" factor for higher honours. (IMHO). Cutting is someone who is slowly realizing his potential, his bowling, while very good, is just short of test class when compared to the pecking order, but the pleasing aspect is that he seems to be improving every year, so developing nicely. His batting has really come on, he is an awesome power hitter down the order. Like Maddinson, I hope they don't rush him, they will repay the wait long term when they are ready, of that I am certain.

  • Graham on October 14, 2013, 0:13 GMT

    That was brutal from Cutting. I'm a South Australian and have likened Cutting as an out and out slogger with the bat however, in this game they were just very good cricket shots. His bowling is very sharp, but probably lacks a bit of movement from the top echelon. Id love to see him given a crack at #6 in the Queensland line up to see if he can become a world class all-rounder. Also watching a lot of these games it looks like Cameron White looks a lot sounder with the bat. Some good shield runs and he could come into test consideration as well.

  • Android on October 13, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Young now shine like gold.Well done Cutsy

  • Prasanna on October 13, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    Good to see Khawaja back among runs. Would love to see consistent performances from Ussie. Smith is getting better by the day !! Watto, Rogers, Pup, Smith, Haddin, Harris and Siddle have picked themselves for Brisbane. Wonder what Lyon has done to have himself picked. We better play with 4 four-fast men - have been stating this since the retirement of Warne, especially when playing at home.

  • Hugo on October 13, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    A good win for the mighty Bulls today. Big Ben Cutting's innings was very entertaining, and he certainly shut Matthew Wade up. Khawaja played a good knock until one poor shot and the same could be said of Rob "best 9 in test cricket" Quiney. I get the feeling that we'll see these two teams again in the final.

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