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Bulls complete amazing fightback

Queensland 468 & 1 for 168 (Townsend 72*, Carseldine 70*) beat New South Wales 5 for 451 dec & 184 (D Smith 58, Hopes 3-39) by 9 wickets
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Queensland stunned New South Wales over the final two days at the Gabba to record an incredible recovery and gain a nine-wicket victory. The win, which came after the Bulls were 5 for 84 in their first-innings chase of 451 on Saturday, was completed shortly after lunch and moved them to outright second on the table, six points behind Victoria.

The last day threatened to be tense as New South Wales resumed with a lead of 158 runs and four wickets remaining. Any chance of the Blues sailing ahead went on the fourth ball when the dangerous Steven Smith (24) was removed by Scott Walter and the visitors were dismissed seven runs later for 184.

Walter (3 for 45) gained two wickets on the last morning while Ryan Harris finished the innings with 2 for 30 after his 84 had forced Queensland back into the game on Sunday. Harris, Chris Hartley, Chris Simpson and Ben Cutting led the lower-order fight to grab an unimaginable 17-run lead on first innings.

Requiring 168 in their second bat, the Bulls lost Greg Moller for 15 but half-centuries to Wade Townsend and Lee Carseldine sealed the success. Townsend was unbeaten on 72 while Carseldine had 70 when the winning runs were scored.

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