Hussey leads Bushrangers into Big Bash final
A superb knock of 60 by David Hussey helped the Victorian Bushrangers to a 6 wicket victory over the Queensland Bulls at the Gabba to send the Vics through to the KFC Big Bash Final.
With a place in this years KFC Big Bash final up for grabs the Queensland Bulls collapsed under the pressure from the Victorian Bushrangers at the Gabba ending their innings 149/5
With millions on offer to the winners with qualification for the Twenty20 Champions League later this year the Bushrangers were ultra confident of chasing such a low total.
The Bushrangers got off to a lucky start in their run chase with Brad Hodge living dangerously being dropped twice by Nathan Rimmington and almost being run out inside the first two overs.
Rimmington soon made made amends though claiming the wicket of Aaron Finch who was caught by Ben Cutting for just 22 at the end of the 4th over as the Bushrangers struggled to increase the run rate.
Ross Taylor came in at number three for the Vics and only faced 5 balls in a partnership of 17 with Hodge before The Kiwi departed for just 4 runs after Cutting trapped him LBW.
The introduction of spin slowed the Bushrangers even further with Daniel Vettori's bowling virtually unplayable. Hodge remained at the crease until the 10th over before he was caught by Glen Batticciotto off the bowling of Ryan Harris for 30.
With the game in the balance, David Hussey and Cameron White, two of the Bushrangers most experienced players were at the crease and needed to put together a partnership which would lead the Vics towards the total of 150.
The pair only enjoyed a partnership of 34 before White was caught by Symonds off the bowling of Cutting but it was a vital stand which allowed the Bushrangers to edge in front.
With Hussey still at the crease and time running out he started to attack the Bulls bowlers hitting three large sixes after Whites dismissal to lead the Bushrangers to victory.
Earlier, the Bulls won the toss and Chris Simpson decided to bat first, it was a move which backfired as the Bushrangers bowler ran through the Bulls opening batsman with ease.
The Bulls started off well enough with James Hopes and Simpson sharing a partnership of 28 before the dangerous Simpson was bowled by Dirk Nannes for just 17.
It was the perfect breakthrough for the Vics and it left the Bulls batsman unsettled at the crease with Lee Carseldine (7) Andrew Symonds (1), Glen Batticciotto (3) and Craig Philipson (0) all going cheaply to leave the Bulls 54-5.
The Bulls were in deep trouble with almost 9 overs gone but with James Hopes (44) still at the crease there was still some hope for the home team. He was partnered with Ben Dunk (70) and the pair played brilliantly keeping the Bushrangers at bay to steer the Bulls out of danger with a partnership of 95.
Despite their heroics the Bushrangers still felt comfortable chasing down the target.