Bulls stay unbeaten by narrow margin
Queensland were pushed all the way by New South Wales captain Steve O'Keefe before claiming a 14-run victory in Brisbane to remain unbeaten in four matches
New South Wales 277 and 209 (O'Keefe 82, Cutting 4-34) lost to Queensland 282 and 218 by 14 runs
Queensland were pushed all the way by New South Wales captain Steve O'Keefe before claiming a 14-run victory in Brisbane to remain unbeaten in four matches and extend their advantage at the top of the Sheffield Shield table.
Led by the Australia A-selected Ben Cutting, the Bulls were on course for a comfortable win when the Blues slid to 7 for 85 in pursuit of 224, but O'Keefe added 70 with wicketkeeper Peter Nevill and then 54 with the No. 10 Josh Hazlewood to creep to within 15 runs of a first outright victory of the season.
However the legspinner Cameron Boyce, who had earlier snuffed out Nevill's innings, found a way through Hazlewood's defence, and with an injured Doug Bollinger hobbled at the other end, O'Keefe edged Cutting behind to leave all six points in the hands of the Bulls.
Cutting was named man of the match for his seven wickets and 58 first innings runs.