Victoria 4 for 186 (Hussey 50*, Buchanan 51) beat Queensland 185 (Hopes 57) by six wickets
Liam Buchanan and David Hussey notched half-centuries as Victoria beat Queensland comfortably after restricting them to just 185. Victoria needed only 37.1 overs to reach 4 for 186 and secure five points that vaulted them to third place in the ING Cup rankings. Buchanan, the Man of the Match in just his second game for Victoria, scored 51off 44 deliveries in a run-a-ball stand of 72 for the fourth wicket with Hussey, who was unbeaten on 50.
Jon Moss and Lloyd Mash helped Victoria recover after they lost Michael Klinger for 1 in the first over. Moss struck a quick 27 while Mash dropped anchor with 32 off 70 balls, but they both fell in the space of 17 runs before Hussey and Buchanan, who hit three fours and two sixes, shut out Queensland's chances. Buchanan was caught by Chris Simpson off Nathan Hauritz (4 for 140) with Victoria 46 short of the target but Hussey and Graeme Rummans (20 off 13 balls) finished the job.
Victoria's bowlers did a fine job of dismissing Queensland after Jimmy Maher decided to bat. Peter Siddle accounted for Maher and Matthew Hayden in successive overs to reduce the Bulls to 2 for 7, and Clinton Perren (27) and James Hopes improved the situation before Perren fell on 27 to Shane Warne. Hopes top scored for Queensland with 57 and Craig Phillipson (41) and Chris Hartley (32) made useful contributions, but all three were run out as Queensland were derailed. They crumbled to 185 courtesy of Grant Lindsay, who rocked the lower order with three quick wickets to finish with 3 for 34.