Queensland qualify for semi-finals despite Callum Ferguson ton

Queensland 5 by 363 (Heazlett 83, Burns 80 *, Mennie 2-72, Valente 2-77) won South Australia 334 (Ferguson 101, Weatherald 69, Kuhnemann 3-60 , Swepson 3-64) for 24 races (DLS method)

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A sublime century of South Australia Callum Ferguson was not enough as Queensland won the first qualifying final at the North Sydney Oval to qualify for the JLT Cup semifinals despite having finished in the last round of the competition.

Under the renewed rules of the national one-day competition in Australia, the six teams advanced to the knockout phase after playing each other once in a round robin phase.

The Bulls won just one game in five and finished four points behind South Australia at the table.

However, they piled into 5 by 363 after losing the pitch on Wednesday, courtesy of a magnificent batting display team, and then were able to defend well enough in the small field. The spin duo of Matthew Kuhnemann and Mitchell Swepson took six major scalps among themselves to throw the Redbacks for 334, 25 missing a revised DLS goal of 359 after one of them was lost in the rain.

The Bulls' mammoth total was seen as an even score as Redbacks starter Jake Weatherald ignited the pursuit with a blister of 69 of 54 balls. He sent the express rhythm of Billy Stanlake everywhere and his first place with rookie Conor McInerney reached 86 in just 11 passes.

Kuhnemann's orthodox turn was introduced into the left arm and he changed the game immediately by eliminating McInerney and yielding. Only three races at its opening. He forced Weatherald to hide for four long attempts later and asked the Redbacks to rebuild.

Ferguson continued with his supreme form and received good support from Jake Lehmann, Tom Cooper and Alex Carey. But the three failed to convert their openings with Swepson and Kuhnemann claiming the trio, leaving Ferguson to get 64 runs of 44 balls with the tail. He reached his hundred balls of only 78 balls, but cut a catch to Mark Steketee in the next to crush the hopes of the Redbacks.

Previously, Sam Heazlett established the monstrous total of the Bulls with a fiery 83 barely 59 balls at the top of the order. I hit nine legs and five sixes, including pulling 22 of one from Kane Richardson, before finally hitting one badly. Ferguson clung to the uncomfortable skier, running to the middle of the middle.

Chris Lynn started again slowly, just like he did during his brilliant century against New South Wales. He had 9 of 29 balls in one stage before cleaning the fence for the first time. He hit two more to go with seven fours in his 68 before falling to Cameron Valente.

Joe Burns and Jimmy Peirson recovered with a career of 116 races to push the Bulls to 350. Peirson made the 70 49th ball, while Burns finished undefeated in 80 of 77.

The Bulls now face Tasmania in the first semifinal on Saturday at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney.

source:- espncricinfo.com

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