Queensland v South Australia, Ryobi Cup, Sydney October 19, 2013

Queensland top table with thumping win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Queensland 273 for 8 (Peirson 85, Hopes 49*, Botha 3-42) beat South Australia 183 (Zampa 66, Hauritz 3-31, Floros 2-13) by 90 runs

Queensland shot up to the top of the Ryobi Cup table after their bowlers handed a heavy 90-run defeat to South Australia, their fourth in five matches, in Sydney. The margin of the win could have been much bigger but for a late cameo by No 10 Adam Zampa, who scored a half-century and stretched the last-wicket stand for 6.1 overs in which 59 runs came. Zampa was finally dismissed for 66 that included four sixes in the 35th over.

The damage had been done earlier though. Chasing 274, South Australia made a quick start to their innings, with Michael Klinger and Matt Weaver putting up 34 in first four overs; the two batsmen scored 16 off Ryan Harris' second over. But it was Harris who made the first breakthrough when dismissed Klinger off the first ball of his third over. The chase went pear-shaped from that point.

Eight wickets went down in the next 18 overs for the addition of 68 runs only. None of the batsmen were able to stick together for too long, with the 22-run stand for the fifth wicket between Alex Ross and Johan Botha being the highest. But once, Ross and Tim Ludeman were sent back off consecutive deliveries from Ben Cutting, the challenge was almost over although the tail delayed the inevitable for some time. Nathan Hauritz was the most successful bowler with three wickets from his 5.4 overs.

Queensland had been put to bat and they had a strong start, with Usman Khawaja and Jimmy Peirson adding 71 for the first wicket. Although, they were slowed down in the middle after Botha's triple strikes, they recovered well towards the end. James Hopes remained unbeaten on 49, but it was Cutting who led the final charge, scoring a quick 39 off 30 balls that included four sixes.

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  • Mariam on October 21, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Cutting, Khawaja and Hopes have been the stars for the Bulls so far and will be key if they are to win the finals. But overall its the team spirit within the Bulls thats just part of their culture and what allows them to beat teams better on paper then they are.

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    After his great start to the season, Hauritz should be the Australian ODI spinner. Doherty is over rated and has not performed in a long time. This should be his last tour with Australia. Hauritz clearly still has a lot to offer. Keep your eyes on Cutting in the shield, he could be the x factor Australia needs in the tests, bats at 8 and joins Harris and Siddle as the pacers.

  • Satish on October 19, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    I like this Zampa he's tough little leggie who showed he can bat more than once now the selectors should pick him for T20s and then in the One day side,Xavier sorry mate but you can't pick wickets to save your life and he's not even economical these days! Then finally after a few seasons in the international stage he should play in the next away Ashes!

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    Hauritz was very unlucky to hurt his shoulder a couple of years ago - he would be closing in on 200 test wickets and probably would have a test hundred or two. Lyon has been a good replacement though - a lot of luck/fate in sport.

  • William on October 19, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Scorecard, commentary, and thus bowling figures for SA are all incorrect - Adam Zampa, not Botha, bowled overs 42 and 44. Anyway, great to see A-Z bowl, and bat, so well.

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Congratulations Queensland for making the finals .... despite the almost impossible draw and schedule that was so carefully planned by the ACB that provided NSW with an incredibly more easy pathway though the competition. All achieved through the timely rotation of players into and out of the team, illustrating the enormous talent and depth in the Queensland Team.

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    I cannot understand why NSW let Adam Zampa go. He is by far the most promising leggie in the country. Given that he will one day be a much better all-round cricketer than Nathan Lyon, it is very odd.

  • Eddie on October 19, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Hauritz should at least be the one day spinner. Certainly a better bowler than Doherty as well as a good fielder and handy batsmen. But I think its another case of Mr Clarke and his favourites

  • James on October 19, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    Yeah, good points. I don't think there's a lack of talent is Australia, just application of it. Hopefully in a couple of seasons time, a few of those cricketers will realise their potential and we may be out of this rut.

    Queensland look a good chance of going back to back, they have a good culture and someone usually steps up when the others don't, good team performers.

  • Guy on October 19, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    It is good to see Nathan Hauritz taking wickets. But then it is no surprise. He should come back to the Australian squad for the first test in Brisbane.

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