The my FootDr Queensland Bulls have saved their best for last, finishing their JLT One Day Cup campaign with an 83-run victory over Tasmania in Hobart tonight.
The bonus point win counted ultimately for pride only though, with Queensland out of the running and Tasmania needing a massive victory to sneak into the elimination final.
The Bulls win meant they finished fifth, finishing ahead of the Tigers and Cricket Australia XI, and with the same number of wins as third-placed Victoria (3-3). But bonus points, of which tonight’s game was the first one earned by the Bulls while Victoria had three, meant the win-loss ratio was academic.
Allrounder Michael Neser continued his fine run of form in the domestic one-day competition, bowling superbly to take 2-27 from 10 overs, claiming the early danger wickets of Ben Dunk and Alex Doolan.
Leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson claimed career-best one-day figures of 3-52 from his 10 overs as the Tigers were bowled out in the second last over for 256.
Defending the Bulls imposing innings of 8-339, Swepson picked up the big scalps of opposition skipper George Bailey and Australian wicket-keeper Matthew Wade.
Former Test opener Joe Burns top-scored for Queensland with 79 off 62 balls after they won the toss and chose to bat.
Captain Usman Khawaja again looked in imperious touch, moving nicely to 41 before falling to a lofted drive.
Khawaja finished the tournament with 380 runs at 63.33.
Youngsters Marnus Labuschagne (64) and Sam Heazlett (72 off 65) also hit half centuries while wicket-keeper Jimmy Peirson hit a crisp 43 off 26 balls.
Labuschagne finished with 291 runs for the tournament at 48.50.
Allrounders Ben Cutting and Jack Wildermuth both carried the boundary in the final overs, with Cutting smash a delivery from James Faulkner onto the roof façade of the Ricky Ponting Stand and Wildermuth hitting consecutive sixes off former Queensland squad mate Simon Milenko.
Milenko picked up four wickets but conceded 80 runs off ten overs.
Neser finished the tournament with eight wickets while Cutting and Cameron Gannon each claimed seven.