Klinger trumps Neser in Sydney run-fest

Western Australia 3 for 301 (Klinger 128, Bancroft 73, Marsh 69, Cutting 2-64) beat Queensland 9 for 292 (Neser 122, Khawaja 81, Kelly 4-25) by 11 runs via the DLS method

Michael Klinger, Shaun Marsh and an aggressive Cameron Bancroft maintained Western Australia's unbeaten start to the domestic limited-overs competition by powering them to a total beyond Queensland's reach in a rain-affected match at the Drummoyne Oval in Sydney.

The Warriors did so despite a startling innings by Michael Neser, who got the Bulls closer than they might reasonably have expected after slipping to 5 for 63, largely at the hands of Matthew Kelly. Neser played a willing ally to Queensland's captain Usman Khawaja, who had appeared set to be stranded.

After Khawaja fell, Neser took flight, clattering seven sixes at the harbor-side venue to take Queensland to within 12 runs of their Duckworth-Lewis-Stern-adjusted, 41-over target.

Marsh and Klinger had given WA the ideal start, the latter going on to a century, but after rain interrupted the innings, it was the often obstinate Bancroft who provided the sort of acceleration required to make the most of a reduced allocation of overs. Like Peter Handscomb for Victoria, Bancroft is also keeping wicket in this tournament.