Cutting blitz stuns Victoria
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.