Bushrangers stunned by 6 wicket defeat
Queensland has become just the second team to topple Victoria in the history of the Twenty20 Big Bash, defeating the Bushrangers by six wickets at Skilled Stadium on Sunday.
Led by a half-century from Lee Carseldine, who carved 64 off 44 balls in a man-of-the-match performance, the Bulls overhauled Victoria's modest total of 7-161 with only three balls to spare to keep alive their hopes of making the final.
Remarkably, the Bushrangers lost their only other game in the competition, now in its fourth season, on this day 12 months ago to Western Australia in Perth.
The Bulls appeared destined for a comfortable victory but the loss of James Hopes, who made 39, and Chris Simpson in the space of four balls in the 10th and 11th overs tightened things up.
The asking rate ballooned above 10 an over after 15 overs but 14 from Clinton McKay in the next over kept the Bulls in the game.
Twenty runs were still required off the final 12 balls but 18 off the penultimate over of the game, bowled by the hitherto economical Damien Wright, proved decisive.
That over saw Carseldine and Glen Batticciotto both smash sixes.
Dirk Nannes bowled superbly for the Bushrangers, taking 2-19 from his overs.
He picked up the wickets of Wade Townsend and Nathan Reardon and was the main reason the Bushrangers pushed the match into the final over of the game.
The Bushrangers, after winning the toss, failed to generate any significant momentum in their innings.
Adam Crosthwaite was the only Bushranger to get on top of the Bulls' attack, smashing 26 off only 12 balls.
He creamed four fours and a six but could not push the Vics to a competitive total.
The Bushrangers reached 2-92 in the 12th over but the dismissal of Brad Hodge, who top-scored with 42, slowed their run rate.
With David Hussey unusually subdued, the home side managed just 24 runs off the next four overs while losing the wickets of Cameron White and Aaron Finch.
Hussey, who last week made a century, failed to hit a boundary in his 29 off 27 balls.
Hopes claimed 2-37 off his four overs but Nathan Rimmington, effective with the new ball and at the death, was the pick of the bowlers with 1-24.