Burns, Heazlett overpower Tasmania to move into playoffs

Queensland 8 for 339 (Burns 79, Heazlett 72, Milenko 4-80) beat Tasmania 256 (Bailey 62, Swepson 3-52) by 83 runs

Joe Burns, Sam Heazlett and Jimmy Peirson (43 off 26) powered Queensland to a total beyond the reach of Tasmania in the domestic limited-overs match at Bellerive Oval in Hobart.

At the venue where the tournament final will be played, only the Tigers had the faintest hope of qualifying for the playoffs but needed to gain a double bonus-point over the Bulls. However the early wicket of Test opener Matt Renshaw was followed by an establishing stand between the captain Usman Khawaja (41) and Marnus Labuschagne (64), that allowed the Queensland middle order to capitalise.

Heazlett and Burns added 79 in 59 balls, before Peirson added further acceleration alongside some late blows from Ben Cutting and Jake Wildermuth.

Needing to chase down their target in a mere 25 overs to qualify, the Tigers were never a chance, as the Bulls took regular wickets throughout, three to the wrist spin of Mitchell Swepson. South Australia will now meet Victoria on Thursday for the right to play top-of-the-table Western Australia in the final.