Sport Cricket Khawaja century guides Bulls to one-day cup victory

Khawaja century guides Bulls to one-day cup victory

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Queensland has won the domestic one-day cup, beating NSW by five wickets in a big-hitting final at North Sydney Oval.

Set a target of 318 to win, Usman Khawaja established the Bulls innings with a composed 104 off 100 balls, sharing in a 165-run opening stand with Chris Hartley (78).

After the pair’s removal, wickets fell more regularly, before Ben Cutting joined Chris Lynn in the middle at 5 for 247.

Requiring 18 runs off the final two overs, Cutting (41 off 21) blasted two sixes over the bowler’s head in the penultimate over, before Lynn (58 off 40) smashed Gurinder Sandhu over long-on for another maximum to seal the win for the Bulls.

Doug Bollinger (2 for 53) was the best of a bad bowling effort for NSW, with Sean Abbott copping 79 runs for his two wickets.

Blues opener Peter Neville set his side’s innings up with a moderately-paced 70, and was ably supported by Steve Smith (61), who smashed five sixes in his run-a-ball knock in a 103-run partnership.

Nic Maddinson then looked to take on the Queensland attack with his 76 from 74, which also included five sixes, while Kurtis Patterson (33) and Ben Rohrer (48 from 27) helped take the innings past the 300 mark.

James Hopes (3 for 64) took the best bowling figures for the Bulls.

More to follow.