Warriors claim points in thriller

A DEFINING seven-wicket haul by quick Alister McDermott could not stop Western Australia grabbing a dramatic one-wicket Sheffield Shield win over Queensland at the Gabba.

Chasing just 68 to win, WA were reduced to 9-64 after McDermott’s incredible haul of 7-24 was followed by two wickets from Ben Cutting (2-29).

Tailender Michael Hogan survived Cutting’s hat-trick ball then rattled off the remaining four runs required for victory off the next two balls to break any hope of a Queensland victory.

Already boasting an action similar to his former Test-playing father Craig, McDermott provided a fiery spell on a deteriorating pitch to ensure the hosts weren’t going down without a fight.

McDermott took the first seven wickets to fall ensuring a comfortable run chase became a rocky ride for the visitors.

In just his fifth first class game, McDermott eclipsed his previous best figures of 3-66.

McDermott’s figures could have been better – Ryan Broad hung his head after dropping Nathan Coulter-Nile in the slips with WA 7-63.

But Cutting ensured Queensland weren’t finished with yet.

He had Coulter-Nile caught behind before bowling Michael Beer next ball and suddenly WA were shellshocked at 9-64.

However, Hogan showed nerves of steel to seal an outright victory for second placed WA that whittled Queensland’s ladder lead to just four points with three rounds remaining.

Earlier on Thursday, Queensland set a solid victory total after at one stage losing 4-11 to be bundled out for 175 in their second innings.

Ex-Test spinner Beer (3-19) was the pick of the bowlers for the Warriors.

He sparked the collapse by dismissing Bulls’ stand-in captain Chris Hartley (21) and Cameron Boyce (0) in the space of three balls to reduce the hosts to 8-164.

Hartley was hardly impressed when given out caught at bat-pad, standing his ground before trudging off as WA celebrated.

Beer continued the damage when he trapped Luke Feldman in front as Queensland overall lost 6-49 on the final day of play.

Top scorer for Queensland was Joe Burns (43) but Michael Neser received the loudest applause.

The all-rounder defied an ankle sprain to bat on Thursday, much to the delight of the home crowd.

He hobbled to nine runs before being bowled by ex-Bulls quick Nathan Rimmington (3-28), who continued his strong form with the ball following his impressive T20 campaign with the Perth Scorchers in the recent Big Bash League.

The Bulls and the Warriors will square off again at the Gabba on Saturday, with the home side desperate to cement victory in their Ryobi Cup clash.


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