Warriors pip Bulls again

JUST 24 hours from a one-wicket loss to WA in their Sheffield Shield clash, Queensland have fallen short again, this time by 5 runs in their hosting Ryobi One-Day Cup match at the Gabba.

An impressive century from Nathan Reardon wasn’t enough for the hosts, who now face a do-or-die clash with second-placed Tasmania at Bellerive next Wednesday to be any chance of joining South Australia in the February 25 one-day final.

Reardon’s 116 runs proved below par as the Bulls were bowled out for 279 in the final over at the Gabba, chasing WA’s 9-284.

With Queensland needing nine off the final over, Reardon chanced his arm once too often and was caught on the boundary off the first ball by Nathan Coulter-Nile (1-84).

In the end, tailender Alister McDermott needed a six off the final ball to complete the highest successful domestic one-day run chase at the Gabba, but it was not to be.

It was the third straight loss for the Bulls and the first win for the season for the bottom-placed Western Australia.

Reardon gave his side a chance with a 117-run fourth-wicket stand with Joe Burns (82).

Reardon hit 10 fours and two sixes in a knock that lasted almost three hours.

Earlier, captain Marcus North (93) helped WA reach 9-284 off their 50 overs after losing opener Shaun Marsh for seven.

North combined with Adam Voges (62) in a 141-run, fourth-wicket stand before Ben Cutting (4-68 off 13 overs) sparked a Queensland fightback with the ball.

WA were cruising at 3-205 but stumbled, at one stage losing 5-47.

However, the Warriors were still able to post their biggest one-day total at the Gabba, eclipsing their previous best of 6-264 posted in the 1999-2000 season.

The stand between North – who hit 12 fours and a six – and Voges was sensationally snapped in the 38th over.

Voges – who was dropped on 59 – was sent back at the non-striker’s end by North, only to be caught short by a direct hit from Queensland stand-in skipper Ryan Broad.

Alister McDermott – fresh from his 7-24 haul in Queensland’s dramatic one-wicket Sheffield Shield loss to WA this week – took 2-69 off 13 overs.

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