The my FootDr Queensland Bulls have held their nerve to snatch a vital 11-run victory over Victoria in the JLT One Day Cup at North Sydney Oval tonight.
The Bulls bowled out the Bushrangers with two balls remaining to claim their second win in three games in the tournament.
Queensland made 6-309 from their 50 overs, with captain and player of the match Usman Khawaja combining with fellow Test player Matt Renshaw for a 149-run opening stand after Victoria won the toss and sent the Bulls in.
Khawaja (85) and Renshaw (74) were disciplined in their approach, with neither batsmen getting bogged down even when the tight Victorian attack gave them little opportunity to score freely.
But the left-handers were able to accelerate their scoring as they got into the middle overs.
However Victorian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed slowed matters by claiming both set batsmen, and it took a flurry of runs from the final 10 overs to an inventive Marnus Labuschagne (52 off 40) and Jimmy Peirson (46 off 27) to lift the Bulls past 300.
Early wickets to young quick Brendan Doggett, who snared dangerman Marcus Harris, and Cameron Gannon, who removed last start century-maker Cameron White, had Victoria reeling at 2-12.
Queensland had to maintain composure throughout the run-chase, with North Sydney Oval's notoriously short boundaries always keeping the batting side in the game, even with the Bushrangers had drifted to 6-135..
inspired stroke play from veteran Peter Siddle (62 off 45) , allrounder Matt Short (51 off 49) and quick Chris Tremain (50 off 45) kept the Queensland camp from feeling unnecessarily comfortable before some nerveless death bowling by Michael Neser, Ben Cutting and Cameron Gannon sealed the victory.
Neser finished with 2-47 from his 10 overs while Gannon claimed 2-43.
Queensland now ready themselves to meet the competition leading Western Australia at Drummoyne Oval on Wednesday.