Labuschagne, Cutting star in Queensland win

Western Australia 7 for 282 (Labuschagne 89, Reardon 64, Stoinis 3-37) beat Victoria 7 for 278 (Finch 79, White 69, Cutting 4-56) by 3 wickets

Ben Cutting picked up 4 for 56 © Getty Images

Queensland secured their place in the Matador Cup finals with a three-wicket win over Victoria at Drummoyne Oval, thanks largely to contributions from Marnus Labuschagne, Ben Cutting and Nathan Reardon. Set 279 for victory, Queensland reached their goal with four overs to spare after Labuschange (89) and Reardon (64) steered the innings with a 144-run fourth-wicket stand.

The result means that Queensland are likely to finish on top of the table, while Victoria must wait on the outcome of the last match between South Australia and Tasmania – should the Redbacks win with a bonus point, they will knock the Bushrangers out of the top three. The winner of the other remaining game, between New South Wales and Western Australia, will take the other place in the finals.

Victoria regained a number of international players after the ODI tour of South Africa and Aaron Finch helped them get away to a strong start, scoring 79 in a 121-run opening stand with Cameron White (69) before Queensland’s spinners – Mitch Swepson and Jason Floros – accounted for them both. Glenn Maxwell made 28 and Matthew Wade 32 in Victoria’s 7 for 278, while Cutting claimed 4 for 56.

Queensland’s chase began briskly though a 70-run opening stand inside nine overs, but then lost both Usman Khawaja (38 off 27) and Jimmy Peirson (36 off 29). Labuschagne and Reardon combined for their partnership after Joe Burns fell for 17, and Cutting steered the lower order home with an unbeaten 19 off 12 balls.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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