Queensland 422 and 6 for 252 dec (Hartley 53*, Neser 53*, Marsh 4-38) beat Western Australia 6 for 340 dec and 237 (Klinger 65, Cutting 3-48, Swepson 3-56) by 97 runs
Ben Cutting and Mitch Swepson bowled Queensland to victory on the final day in Townsville, where Western Australia were dismissed for 237 in pursuit of a target of 335. The morning began with Queensland on 4 for 130 and they batted on to add 122 to their total, declaring on 6 for 252 with captain Chris Hartley and allrounder Michael Neser both unbeaten on 53.
Opener Jonathan Wells moved briskly to 47 for Western Australia before he was bowled by Cutting, and Cameron Bancroft was lbw to Neser for 19. Allrounder Mitchell Marsh, who had finished with 4 for 38 in Queensland’s second innings and took six wickets for the game, was bowled by Peter George for a second-ball duck to leave the Warriors wobbling at 3 for 74.
Hilton Cartwright warmed up for a possible ODI debut next week with 41 at better than a run a ball before he was caught off the bowling of Jack Wildermuth, and the Bulls could sense an opportunity when they ended Michael Klinger’s stay on 65. Legspinner Swepson, who had already caught and bowled Ashton Turner for 49, picked up the wickets of Ashton Agar and Sam Whiteman in quick succession.
Western Australia’s hopes of hanging on for a draw ended when David Moody fell to Cutting for a 17-ball duck, with Jason Behrendorff unable to bat due to injury. Cutting and Swepson finished with three wickets each.
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