Queensland 4 for 287 (Carseldine 122, Broad 81, Batticciotto 54*) beat Western Australia 226 (Simmons 61, Laughlin 3-41) by 61 runs
Lee Carseldine continued his brilliant career renaissance with his second one-day century of the season as Queensland went one step closer to a place in the final with their 61-run win over Western Australia. Carseldine and Ryan Broad set up the one-sided result, which pushed the Bulls to the top spot on the table with two games to play.
Chasing 288, the Warriors never really looked like succeeding, despite a career-best 61 from the opener Craig Simmons. The Western Australia batting order, which has been disappointing this season, steadily fizzled away as Ben Laughlin and Ashley Noffke chipped in with wickets that kept the Bulls on track.
Queensland were assisted by their strong fielding effort, with Noffke throwing down the stumps from the outfield to remove Adam Voges and Carseldine performing a brilliant diving run-out to get rid of Marcus North for 25. It all helped the Bulls earn a bonus point, which had been made possible thanks to their strong total of 4 for 287.
Queensland rode on the outstanding form of Carseldine, who is the leading run scorer in the FR Cup, topped the Twenty20 run tally, and is the Bulls' highest scorer in the Sheffield Shield. At 33 and having returned only last summer from a serious back injury, Carseldine continued to make up for lost time as he compiled a calm and confident 122.
He picked the gaps and took few risks in setting up a 157-run second-wicket stand with Broad, whose 81 came from 85 deliveries. The Warriors had their own moment of brilliance in the field when Nathan Reardon lofted Aaron Heal to long-off, where Adam Voges ran backwards and seemed to take the catch but while falling towards the rope, lobbed the ball back to his colleague Theo Doropoulos, who had run around from long-on and completed the take.
There wasn't much else to celebrate for Western Australia, who then allowed the out-of-form Glen Batticciotto to find the middle of the bat in building an unbeaten 54 from 52 balls. The loss has left the Warriors on the bottom of the table with two matches remaining.