NSW v Queensland, Ryobi One Day Cup, final October 27, 2013

Determined Queensland claim Ryobi title


Queensland 5 for 319 (Khawaja 104, Hartley 78, Lynn 58*, Cutting 41*) beat New South Wales 6 for 317 (Maddinson 76, Nevill 70, Smith 61, Hopes 3-64) by five wickets

Ben Cutting and Chris Lynn had the final, powerful say as Queensland showed the resilience for which they are now renowned to run down New South Wales and retain the domestic limited overs title in a pounding match at North Sydney Oval.

The knowledge that the Bulls had pyrotechnic hitting in middle order reserve kept the Blues captain Steven Smith nervous throughout the afternoon, and it was to be Cutting who reprised his earlier destruction of Victoria to ensure victory.

The final brought an end to a truncated, tournament-styled battle for the 50-over garlands, but the victors were the same side who had won earlier this year. Queensland's ability to overcome the loss of their coach Darren Lehmann to the national job and also rebound from the disadvantage of a late start due to the imposition of the Twenty20 Champions League in India spoke volumes for a team and a state lacking all the advantages of home and hearth enjoyed by the Blues. Their new coach Stuart Law can rightly be proud.

He owed much not only to Cutting and Lynn but also Usman Khawaja and Chris Hartley, architects of an opening stand of 165 that ensured the Bulls would have wickets in hand when the required rate surged towards 12 an over. They saw off most of the overs bowled by Nathan Lyon, who was once again the Blues primary bowling threat on a surface taking some spin, and Khawaja's smooth innings at the end of an encouraging three weeks earned him the Player-of-the-Match award.

No NSW batsman had been able to go on to three figures earlier in the day, a significant difference as the momentum of the innings was momentarily stalled when each well-set batsman succumbed. David Warner's run of three centuries did not continue, he and Smith both perishing to Ryan Harris, while Peter Nevill and Nic Maddinson failed to go beyond the 70s.

Nevertheless, the Blues would have fancied their chances of defending 317 in the afternoon, having grown steadily in form and confidence across the competition. Their attempts to gain early wickets would be stymied by Khawaja and Hartley however, and the mounting requirement for runs per over was not of major concern to the visitors provided those wickets remained in the bank.

No great pressure could be exerted by the Blues until new batsmen began to emerge from the players' tunnel at North Sydney, but Khawaja did not exit before crafting a hundred of composure and class. For the second time in the tournament, he perished to Lyon's flight, causing Sydney spectators to perk up for the first time since the innings began.

Greg Moller did not last long, and Hartley's measured innings was ended by an outstanding delivery from Sean Abbott, angled in from around the wicket then straightening to spread the stumps. Nathan Reardon and Jason Floros also perished in the chase, and at 5 for 257 with 40 balls remaining some bold strikes were required.

Cutting and Lynn did not panic, allowing the equation to drift out to 47 for the final four overs before launching their assault. Josh Hazlewood went for 19 in the 47th over and then 17 in the 49th, Cutting putting the result more or less beyond doubt by clumping the fifth and sixth balls well over the fence. The second of these shots, a steel-wristed straight hit, recalled no-one so much as MS Dhoni.

Left with only five to make from the final over, Lynn joyously belted Gurinder Sandhu's first over beyond the fence, the Doug Walters mound and the ground itself, the ball rolling away into the parklands surrounding the oval as the Bulls careered onto the ground to celebrate a deserved triumph.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Murray on October 28, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    I wonder if next year they should have this tournament in Canberra ? Why not have the national comp in the ACT ?

  • Ross on October 28, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Shaggy i think we are all in agreement that Khawaja played brilliantly yesterday and that it will now come to shield runs, can't wait for the shield games to start on Wednesday. I hope Khawaja along wiht Warner and Smith get some solid shield runs.

  • Graham on October 28, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Sunil_Batra; I just say that you all write in an Identical fashion, I didnt say you were the same person.

  • Mariam on October 28, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    @JosephLangford you make alot of sense bud, lets hope that we have learned from the mistakes and improve in them in the future. Glad to see Punter speak up as well.

  • Dummy4 on October 28, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    **stupid I-pad**

    To all the knockers of Queensland and Khawaja, remember one simple fact .... this is the second time that Queensland defeated NSW in this series. Yes .... I will have to listen to the repetitive bleats about how supposedly superior NSW is .... But the facts speak for themselves .... Queensland wins because they have better players and are a better team.

  • Graham on October 28, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Sunil_Batra/hycIass; Yes he was very good, I only dismissed him being picked in one-day cricket last year because he hadnt done enough to be selected. He has been very good this year how many times do I need to say that before one of you guys actually read it. I have also said there have been numerous players good this year and test selection should and wont come down to form in the Ryobi. You accuse me of being biased against Khawaja that is very rich, considering your positions. How can you dismiss the efforts of Bailey agaisnt an international side in India (yes they are roads), but laud Khawaja efforts at North Sydney on roads. Yes he is in the mix for selection to say he is over the line on the back of one day performances is ridiculous. I can make the same argument you make for Khawaja for Klinger he is a class player and been a big time performer for five seasons now (yes he had a poor one last year) but seems back to his best now.

  • Allan on October 28, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    @Amith i bet that makes you very proud. I remember reading about that tournament and believe that there is a similar touranment being held this year as well. Guys like Khawaja coming from the sub continent community is just the start as we will see alot of youngsters from the south asian community follow in Khawaja's example both on and off the field as he is a good role model to have.

  • Dummy4 on October 28, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    xtra .... When has Khawaja been given a real opportunity?? Like Cowan, Hughes, Watson, etc etc. Then we have all the selecting blunders like Hughes, Quiney, Doherty, Hughes, Maxwell, Henriques, Hughes etc etc.

    Just accept the fact that Australian Cricket is in the toilet due to the entire management and leadership team .... ACB can't manage, Coaches that couldn't coach, trainers that break every bowler that crosses their path and can't rid players of technical problems, etc, etc.

    If you want to know how far Australian Cricket has been flushed just look at the ICC Batting Ratings ..... in the top 32 players Bangladesh has 3, NZ has 2, WI has 2, Australia has 1 .... the same number as Zimbabwe.

    So we can keep going down the same path or hit the reset button.

    Ps. To all the other knockers of Queensland and Khawaja, with all the "great players" in the NSW hav

  • Mariam on October 28, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Does anyone know if we can watch the shield games on GEM

  • Mariam on October 28, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Not much mention of Maddinson, but he top scored for the blues and watch out for this kid as he is a future talent for our test side.