Queensland have picked up a bonus point in beating South Australia by 94 runs in the one-day cup at Allan Border Field.
Queensland’s Peter George took five wickets against his former state South Australia, while Shaun Tait broke down as the Bulls earned a 94-run bonus-point victory in the one-day cup at Allan Border Field.
Joe Burns (115) scored his first one-day domestic century and with quality contributions from Peter Forrest (98) and Nathan Reardon (75no) took Queensland to 4-351.
Reardon’s unbeaten 75 came off 35 deliveries and helped Queensland to the biggest total in the competition this year and a score the Redbacks never looked like chasing down.
In response, Callum Ferguson (98) narrowly missed out on his fifth domestic one-day hundred but he didn’t have enough help at the other end to post a realistic assault at the Bulls’ big target.
George (5-39), who took 3-30 on debut for the Bulls on Saturday, took three wickets in four balls in the 43rd over to end South Australia’s faint hopes of victory, as they crumbled to 257 all out.
“I was a little bit lucky at the end, I probably didn’t execute exactly how I wanted to bowl,” George said.
“It was pretty exciting to get a good win against my old home state. It’s good to have a level of nerves, it keeps you on edge I think.”
The fortunes of his former teammate Tait (2-62) were in stark contrast.
The former Australia quick, who returned to 50-over action for the first time in three-and-a-half years this season, limped in to bat at the end of the Redbacks’ innings after an apparent groin injury prevented him from completing his full quota of overs.
The Bulls’ victory was set up earlier by man-of-the-match Burns hitting a run-a-ball 115, including 17 fours and two sixes.
Peter Forrest (98) fell narrowly short of his first domestic one-day ton when he was denied by a juggling catch on the boundary by Jake Lehmann off the bowling of Mark Cosgrove (1-58).
Forrest put on 113 for the third wicket with Burns, before adding 133 with Reardon.
Reardon (75 not out) hit six sixes in his 35-ball knock, reaching his half-century in 26 deliveries.
The strong middle-order performance came after a bad start for the Bulls, who saw Chris Hartley dismissed by Tait for a first-ball duck.
The Redbacks’ reply also began poorly when Mark Cosgrove (0) fell second ball of the innings to James Hopes.
It was a milestone moment for the Queensland skipper who became the first cricketer to take 150 wickets in domestic one-dayers.
The Bulls are now third on the table with two wins and 11 points from four games, while the winless Redbacks are last.