24 September 2019
Redbacks fall in Marsh Cup opener
The West End Redbacks have suffered a seven-wicket defeat to an in-form Queensland outfit in their Marsh One-Day Cup opener at Allan Border Field.
The Bulls moved to outright top of the ladder after a strong display with bat and ball earned a bonus point win over South Australia.
Queensland sent the Redbacks to the crease first and batting seemed much more difficult earlier in the day in SA’s first innings of the summer.
Veteran batsman Tom Cooper was the only Redback to post a half-century before he was the ninth wicket to fall for 62.
Opener Jake Weatherald showed promise with 44, while Alex Carey made 29 and Joe Mennie contributed a lusty 31 down the order.
Dismissed for 226 in the penultimate over, South Australia’s total always seemed lean as the pitch flattened out as the day wore on.
The home side cruised to the victory target, posting 3/227 off 35.5 overs to post a second victory in the space of three days.
The tone was set early in the run chase with 20 coming off the opening two overs as Queensland’s powerful batting line-up seemed intent on chasing a bonus point from the outset.
Max Bryant thrashed a quickfire 32 off 21 balls at the top of the order, while opening partner Sam Heazlett hit 51 off 43 for a sixth half-century in just his 11th outing in the competition.
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Matthew Renshaw (52 not out) and Joe Burns (65 not out) then formed a 114-run stand to steer the Bulls home.
Queensland’s Billy Stanlake (3/38) was named Player of the Match and spinner Matthew Kuhnemann (3/39) also contributed with the ball.
South Australia’s Kane Richardson (1/49) fought hard for the visitors while Adam Zampa (1/67) and Cameron Valente (1/19) also nabbed one wicket apiece.
The Redbacks will regroup to tackle New South Wales at the same venue on Thursday.