Victoria 3 for 209 (Hodge 119*, White 64*) beat Queensland 214 (Simpson 42, McKay 3-42) by 7 wickets on D/L
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Brad Hodge timed his innings perfectly as Victoria won by seven wickets © Getty Images
 

Brad Hodge celebrated his 100th one-day game with Victoria with a dominant century that virtually guarantees the Bushrangers a spot in the FR Cup final. In a match reduced by three overs due to rain, Hodge patiently steered the team out of trouble and then accelerated as they reached the required 209 with seven wickets and four overs to spare.

The Bulls had started the defence well, dropping Victoria to 3 for 52 in the 15th over, but there was no more joy as Hodge combined with the captain Cameron White in an unbroken stand of 157. White picked up a confidence-boosting 64 while Hodge starred with 119, which included 10 fours and a six.

Hodge stayed for 134 balls and while he was around the Bushrangers always remained in control. They have one match remaining to seal their spot in the decider - they are five points ahead of the third-placed South Australia - and could host it if the leaders Tasmania falter.

Queensland fought for their 214 in 48.4 overs after Chris Simpson started the target-setting with 42. While none of the top seven failed badly, the batsmen were unable to reach a significant total. The Bulls were in big trouble at 5 for 110 before Craig Philipson (32) and Aaron Nye (39) combined to add some respect.

Bryce McGain, the leading wicket-taker for Victoria this summer, picked up two crucial victims, bowling Clinton Perren after taking care of Nathan Reardon. The double-blow continued the good work of Clint McKay and he finished with 3 for 42. McKay captured the captain Jimmy Maher and Ashley Noffke early in the innings before returning for Nye.