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Bulls dominate with the bat at the Gabba

The Queensland Bulls were in superb batting form smashing 203 against the Retravision Warriors at the Gabba in tonight's important KFC Big Bash encounter.

The Bulls won the toss and elected to bat first with captain Chris Simpson wanting to set a big total to put the Warriors under pressure during their run chase.

His plan didn't start to well as the Warriors struck in the first over removing James Hopes who was caught by wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi off the bowling of Michael Hogan for just 1.

The Bulls then enjoyed a partnership of 41 between Simpson and Lee Carseldine which delighted the Gabba crowd as Simpson smashed 36 runs from just 14 balls with Carseldine watching at the non strikers end.

During Simpsons blitz Carseldine faced just 3 balls scoring 5 runs before he was caught by Shaun Marsh in the gully off the bowling of Brad Knowels in the third over.

Knowels then sensationally removed Andrew Symonds with the very next ball to leave the Bulls 44-3 and in danger of falling apart after such a good start.

Despite the wickets falling around him Simpson carried on his blitz to keep the Bulls on on course for a big total. he finally ran out of luck when he was brilliantly stumped by Ronchi for 76.

Simpson tried to slog sweep Aaron Heal but the flight of the ball deceived him. He managed to get his bat back into the crease but at the all important moment when the bails came of the wickets his bat briefly bounced up into the air forcing the TV umpire to give him out.

With ten overs gone the Bulls were 95-4 but they were still on course for a total of 170 - 180 if they could manage to build a good partnership in the second half of their innings.

Glen Batticciotto (12) and Chris Lynn (5) didn't stay at the crease for to long to help the Bulls but Craig Philipson and Ben Dunk came to the rescue with a partnership of 57 from just 27 balls before Dunk (27) was caught by Marsh to give Noffke his first wicket of the night.

With Dunk gone Philipson was joined by Ben Cutting and the pair smashed 28 from just 11 balls to help set the Warriors 204 to chase for victory.

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