Blues top order stutters against Bulls
The Speedblitz Blues hopes of hosting the KFC t20 Big Bash Preliminary Final hang by a thread after they were restricted to a total of just 120 by the Queensland Bulls at Stadium Australia.
Having won the toss the Blues got off to a disastrous which saw them lose 3 wickets inside the first 5 overs which left the home side 18-3.
The Blues got off to a shaky losing opening batsman Usman Khawaja (0) from the first delivery of the game after he was bowled by James Hopes.
David Warner (4) followed in the next over before Daniel Smith (4) was caught by wicket keeper Chris Hartley after trying to cut a delivery from Ben Feldman.
With three batsmen already back in the dugout it could have got worst for the Blues but new batsman Moises Henriques was dropped in the gully, 3 deliveries after Smith’s dismissal.
Henriques and Phil Jaques (22) took full of advantage of the let off scoring 26 valuable runs during a 4th wicket partnership before Jaques was dismissed by Brad Ipsum who took an easy catch off his own bowling to leave the Blues 44-4 after 7.3 overs.
Having survived one let off Henriques’ time at the crease was finally brought to an end 3 overs later thanks to Feldman who ran Henriques (17) out with a direct hit from the long on boundary.
With the Blues in trouble Ben Rohrer (13) and Dominic Thornely (34) added valuable lower order runs but with wickets falling at regular intervals the Bulls restricted the home side to a total of just 120.