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Siddle’s 62 in vain as Queensland clinch narrow win

Queensland 6 for 309 (Khawaja 85, Renshaw 74, Fawad 3-44) beat Victoria 298 (Siddle 62, Short 51, Tremain 50) by 11 runs

Fifties from Matthew Short, Chris Tremain and Peter Siddle were in vain as Queensland beat back Victoria’s lower-order rally to clinch an 11-run win in the last over in Sydney. Victoria had clawed their way back from 7 for 192 to 9 for 293, needing 17 runs off the last two overs. Ben Cutting, however, conceded only one run in the penultimate over and Cameron Gannon then dismissed Siddle for a 45-ball 62 off the fourth ball of the last over to seal the win.

Like Victoria, Queensland had three half-centurions, too; only in their case, it was the top order. Openers Usman Khawaja (85) and Matt Renshaw (74) put on a 149-run partnership before Marnus Labuschagne’s brisk 40-ball 52 helped the side accumulate quick runs at the end. Also useful was Jimmy Peirson’s 27-ball 46 that helped Queensland post 309.

Queensland’s bowlers all chipped in with wickets. Brendan Doggett, Michael Neser, Mitchell Swepson and Gannon took two wickets each to chip away at Victoria’s chase. Doggett and Gannon dismissed Victoria’s openers, Marcus Harris and Cameron White, in the first two overs. Travis Dean (40) and Peter Handscomb (48) led a brief recovery but both were dismissed in the forties and Victoria slipped from 2 for 75 to 6 for 135 before the 30th over.

Short, Tremain and Siddle revived Victoria, together striking 15 fours and seven sixes in their late blitz towards the target, but their middle-overs slump meant Queensland always had an edge.

Updated: October 7, 2017 — 1:21 pm

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