Batting first in front of their home crowd, the Bulls spread the runs throughout their line-up, with each of their top four batsmen celebrating a half-century. Heazlett and Khawaja lead the way at the top, putting on 118 for the opening wicket to set the tone for the contest. Marnus Labuschagne and Matthew Rensahw then took the baton and ran, collecting 128 in partnership at a run-a-ball.
Jack Wildermuth and Jimmy Peirson provided late runs at a rapid clip for Queensland, but it was the top four that put their side into a winning position. As a quartet, they scored 253 runs from 260 deliveries, a performance that South Australia were simply unable to match.
The Redbacks pace trio of Daniel Worrall, Spencer Johnson and Wes Agar each claimed a wicket during Queensland’s innings of 6/321, with the other three dismissals all run outs during an exciting final 10 overs. Sam Kerber, in his state cricket debut, claimed the pick off the fielding efforts, finding Renshaw short of his ground thanks to some quick work and an accurate arm. The allrounder also bowled eight overs in his maiden performance, showing plenty of promise as he challenged the strong Bulls batting card.
There were few bright lights for the Redbacks during the run-chase, but Jake Weatherald was brilliant at the top of the order. Assessing conditions early, the smooth left-hander found the middle of the bat with regularity once settled, clearing the fence five times during his knock of 68 from 78 deliveries.
Unfortunately, Weatherald was unable to find a partner, instead forced to watch on as wickets continued to fall at the other end. Harry Nielsen began brilliantly, crashing three boundaries immediately, but Michael Neser found his edge to complete the second over and bring Travis Head to the middle. Billy Stanlake took care of the Redbacks skipper with his first delivery, and when Alex Carey then top-edged a sweep off the bowling of Renshaw, it seemed the visitor’s fate was sealed.
Spinner Matt Kuhnemann was a dominant force through the latter overs, removing veteran Callum Ferguson and the big-swinging Weatherald to leave the result in no doubt. Also snaring the lower order wickets of Worrall and Johnson, Kuhnemann finished with figures of 4/37 to take player of the match honours. Redbacks allrounder Corey Kelly showed some grit with the bat after bowling eight impressive overs in the first innings, but it was all too little for a South Australian side yet to taste victory this season.
The Redbacks next chance comes over the Easter long weekend, with a Marsh Sheffield Shield clash, followed by a Marsh One Day-Cup fixture, scheduled in Victoria.
28 March 2021