(D/N), Brisbane, Feb 20 2010, Ford Ranger Cup
(48.1/50 ov, target 326)300
Victoria won by 25 runs
player of the match
Brad Hodge
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• Peter English

Victoria enter final after Hodge heroics

Brad Hodge steered Victoria into the FR Cup final

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Scorecard summary
Victoria325/4(50 overs)
Queensland300/10(48.1 overs)

What a game of cricket! Brad Hodge's heroics earlier in the day with a brilliant century were matched by Lee Carseldine for the Bulls.

When Reardon and Carseldine were at the crease at 2/265, it looked like the Bulls would achieve the unthinkable, but an epic batting collapse where the Bulls lost 8/35 means the Vics will host the final next Sunday

Brad Hodge has been named man of the match for his audacious 136 off just 118 balls but a special mention must go to Andrew McDonald who took 4/50, including the match-turning wicket of Lee Carseldine.

We've got one more match between the Redbacks and the Blues this Wednesday before the final next Sunday from the MCG where the Vics will take on Tasmania. Thanks for your company, from me, Andrew Fuss, good night.

Pattinson to Simpson, OUT

slower ball on off stump, Simpson swings hard but doesn't quite get enough of it, skying it to the sub who takes his second catch to add to his runout!

Chris Simpson c sub (GJ Maxwell) b Pattinson 20 (7b 0x4 3x6) SR: 285.71
end of over 48Wicket maiden
QLD: 300/9CRR: 6.25 • RRR: 13.00 • Need 26 from 12b
Alister McDermott0 (5)
Chris Simpson20 (6)
Andrew McDonald10-1-50-4

How good has Andrew McDonald been here? 4/50 off 10 in the heat of the battle, brilliant stuff!

They turn to Pattinson...

McDonald to McDermott, no run

blocks out a yorker to keep the Bulls alive

McDonald to McDermott, no run

pushes to point

McDonald to McDermott, no run

and again! He just needs to get off strike

McDonald to McDermott, no run

again he beats the outside edge, the pressure continues to build

McDonald to McDermott, no run

beats the outside edge

Andrew McDonald has been the destroyer here. Can he get his fifth to win the game for the Vics?

McDonald to Laughlin, OUT

walks across his wicket and gets caught absolutely plumb in front

Ben Laughlin lbw b McDonald 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50
end of over 4720 runs
QLD: 300/8CRR: 6.38 • RRR: 8.67 • Need 26 from 18b
Chris Simpson20 (6)
Ben Laughlin1 (1)
Bryce McGain8-0-81-2
McGain to Simpson, SIX runs

tries to dart it in and Simpson says thankyou again and smashes it over long on, this is incredible cricket!

They're still looking for the ball in Row S. Does he play safe and go for the single?

McGain to Simpson, SIX runs

rocks back and smashes this over deep mid wicket, what a hit!

McGain to Simpson, SIX runs

smashes it over long on

McGain to Laughlin, 1 run
McGain to Simpson, 1 run
McGain to Simpson, no run
end of over 462 runs • 3 wickets
QLD: 280/8CRR: 6.08 • RRR: 11.50 • Need 46 from 24b
Chris Simpson1 (1)
Andrew McDonald9-0-50-3

The Bulls have now lost 6/15 in 14 balls. It's going to be difficult now but while Simpson is there, they've still got a heartbeat

McDonald to Rimmington, OUT

full outside off, nips away just a little and catches a thin edge

Nathan Rimmington c †Wade b McDonald 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
McDonald to Rimmington, no run

pushes to cover

McDonald to Cutting, 1 run, OUT

back of a length, pulls high to mid off, the catch is dropped but Cutting is ball watching and deosn't make his ground at the striker's end

Ben Cutting run out (sub [GJ Maxwell]/†Wade) 1 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100

Is there one more twist in this tale with the big hitters in Simpson and Cutting at the crease?

McDonald to Simpson, 1 run

drives to long off

McDonald to Lynn, OUT

slower ball outside off, swings hard at it but doesn't quite get enough of it, hauling out at long off

Chris Lynn c sub (GJ Maxwell) b McDonald 11 (5b 1x4 1x6) SR: 220
McDonald to Lynn, no run

length outside off, dabbles at it but doesn't connect

end of over 4513 runs • 2 wickets
QLD: 278/5CRR: 6.17 • RRR: 9.60 • Need 48 from 30b
Chris Lynn11 (3)
Chris Simpson0 (0)
Bryce McGain7-0-61-2

What a game of cricket we've got on our hands tonight! Just to clarify, the winner will host the final next Sunday against the Tigers. The Bulls would also go through should it be a tie

McGain to Lynn, 1 run

flicked to mid wicket

Match details
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
TossVictoria, elected to bat first
SeriesFord Ranger Cup
Player Of The Match
Brad Hodge
Brad Hodge
Hours of play (local time)14.15 start, First Session 14.15-17.45, Interval 17.45-18.15, Second Session 18.15-21.45
Match days20 February 2010 - daynight match (50-over match)
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Norm McNamara
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Simon Fry
Match Referee
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Ric Evans
PointsVictoria 4, Queensland 0