Bulls collapse hands easy victory to the Blues
The Queensland Bulls hopes of reaching the KFC t20 Big Bash Preliminary Final hang by a thread after a comprehensive 17 run defeat against the Speedblitz Blues at the Gabba in Brisbane.
Faced with a run chase of 141 the Bulls capitulated against 17 year old quickie Patrick Cummins who picked up 3 wickets to help the Blues remain in the chase for a top three finish and a place in the Preliminary Final.
The Bulls run chase got off to a good start with Michael Lumb (10) and Chris Simpson (11) scoring 20 runs during the first 3 overs before Cummins struck to remove Simpson with the final delivery of the 4th over.
James Hopes (1) and Lumb followed as the Bulls quickly slumped to a total of just 29-3 and although Lee Carseldine (9) smashed Moises Henriques for a massive six over the long on boundary he was soon back in the dugout after being trapped LBW by Scott Coyte.
With wickets tumbling Nathan Rimmington (24) offered some resistant’s but the Bulls lower order melted away as the Blues completed a comprehensive victory after restricting the Bulls to a total of just 123-9.
Having won the toss Blues skipper Stuart Clarke decided to bat first but the decision back fired as the visitors could only record a total of 140-7 against the Queensland Blues.
The innings got off to a good start with David Warner and Philip Hughes looking well set at the crease during an opening stand of 25 until Hughes (11) misjudged a delivery from Ben Cutting which hit the top of the openers off stump.
The 23 year old bowler struck again two overs later to remove Daniel Smith (5), who’s poor from with the bat continued as he picked out Chris Simpson at mid wicket to leave the Blues 34-2.
With Hughes and Smith back in the dugout the Blues innings went from bad to worst as Usman Khawaja (2) and Warner (27) quickly followed as the Blues slumped to 54-4 after 10.1 overs.
Having seen the top order collapse in spectacular fashion Henriques throw caution to the wind as he attacked the Bulls bowlers dispatching Michael Neser during for a six a 16 run 5th wicket partnership with Steve O’Keefe (4).
Despite losing O’Keefe in the 13th over Henriques (34) continued to be a thorn in the Bulls side until he was finally dismissed by Neser who ended a valuable 44 run partnership with Ben Rohrer in the 19th over.
Rohrer (46) and new partner Sean Abbott (1) saw out the final 11 deliveries to help the Blues reach a respectable 140-7 to complete a remarkable fight back after they had been reduced to just 54-4 with just 9 overs remaining.