NSW tamed by Bulls

COSTLY errors and a slow start eventuated into a 50 run loss for NSW against the unbeaten QLD in the Ryobi Cup at the Gabba on Sunday.

By the half-way stage of the 221 run chase, the Bulls looked to have taken away chance for NSW to snatch victory when the scorecard read 5-91.

Queensland unleashed a deadly bowling attack that included off-spinner Bradley Ipson (2 wickets), Cameron Gannon (2), James Hopes (2), Ben Cutting (2) and Alister McDermott (1) – all combining for the damage done to the South’s batting order.

The Bulls pulled a surprise move, putting in Bradley Ipson to bowl the second over and luckily it paid off on the third ball, as in-form batsman Daniel Smith misjudged the delivery and was caught by Cameron Gannon.

Alister McDermott was next to strike and strike he did, sending Tim Cruickshank back to the nets.

Australia A call-up Ben Cutting came on to bowl early in the seventh over, delighting the home crowd with his dismissal of Simon Katich (1 run).

It was the third time in five days that Cutting had sent the former Test opener walking in single digits.

Queensland’s fourth wicket was full of controversy. Ben Rohrer set off for a run and then aborted, turning his back where he would’ve made his ground if not for a tangle with Ben Cutting.

James Hopes’ direct hit at the wickets had the Blues’ left hander short and when the third umpire ruled there’d been no intentional interference and Hopes declined to withdraw the appeal, Rohrer’s short-lived time at the crease came to an end.

The Bulls start was less than convincing at 4-57 earlier, but New South Wales took that title, stumbling at 4-32 in the 12th over.

Talented duo Steven Smith and Moises Henriques set about repairing the early damage, and it worked for a time. The young guns batted sensibly for 11 overs, taking their side to 80 in a partnership just shy of 50 runs, before Smith made a costly error by hitting the ball straight to Peter Forrest at midwicket.

Earlier, Mitchell Starc was the chief destroyer for the Blues, delivering the ball with accuracy and precision to finish with an impressive 5-39.

Chris Lynn (61) returned from injury and combined with Nathan Reardon (50) to form an aggressive 93-run partnership to gear the Bulls out of the trouble they found themselves in early, as they progressed to their winning score of 221 runs.

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