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Vics defeat Bulls - no Pura Cup final at MCG

Mar 09, 2008

Victorian fast bowler Clinton McKay

Victoria has survived a late fright to beat Queensland by six wickets inside three days at the MCG, but will have to travel to take on New South Wales in next week's Pura Cup final.

The victory over the Bulls means the Bushrangers finish their 10 matches with 39 points, but the Blues made sure of an SCG decider thanks to superior quotient by likewise claiming six points in their home battle with the Redbacks to also finish on 39 points.

Much like was the case on the opening day, Queensland opener Ryan Broad and Victorian opening bowler Clinton McKay were the stars of the show, Broad scoring his second first-class century and McKay grabbing three more wickets.

After taking 4-35 in the first innings as the Bulls were rolled for 191, McKay's 3-69 from 16 overs on a warm Sunday helped knock over the visitors for 205, thanks largely to last man out Broad's 107 just 48 hours after he'd also scored 75.

Having bounced back from 4-36 to reach 9-322 when they closed their first innings on Saturday evening with a 131-run advantage, the Bushrangers recovered from a worrying 4-34 to finish on 4-76 chasing 75 for maximum points.

All-rounder Andrew McDonald, who scored an unbeaten 63 in the first innings lead, chimed in with 2-17 from eight overs, and spinner Bryce McGain managed 2-47 from 18.5 overs.

McKay and McDonald's early heroics reduced Queensland to 5-84 at lunch and that became 7-169 by the tea break before Broad, who was running out of partners, brought up his ton with a six off McGain.

As well as hitting three sixes during the 292-minute, 222-ball knock, Broad also found the boundary 14 times, although he was dropped on five and 13 by wicketkeeper Adam Crosthwaite and also on 52 at short leg.

McKay struck in his second over of the day by having Nick Kruger (11) caught at second slip by David Hussey, and next ball Aaron Nye shouldered arms only to turn in horror to see his castle had been disturbed.

Shane Watson went on the attack after joining Broad and his strategy worked until, with the score on 64, a lack of foot movement brought him undone and he was caught behind for 32 off Darren Pattinson (1-17).

Three overs later McDonald joined the party when he trapped Nathan Reardon in front for one with the third ball of the 28th over, and then two balls later sent Chris Simpson on his way for a duck in the same fashion, making it 5-71.

But Broad and Hartley dug in for more than an hour before Cameron White took a sharp catch at first slip off Dirk Nannes (1-31), and after helping Broad erase the Bulls' deficit, Doran tried to smash McGain and was caught at short leg.

Ben Laughlin (one) was the eighth man out soon after tea when he was bowled by McKay, and some sharp work from Hussey at silly mid-off caught Grant Sullivan (one) short, before McGain finally dismissed Broad after this two previous balls had been dispatched over the rope.

Scott Brant (2-19) and Grant Sullivan (2-33) gave the Victorians a fright, Sullivan bowling Nick Jewell (seven) and having Rob Quiney (14) caught in the gully, either side of Brant trapping Brad Hodge LBW for seven and having Hussey (six) caught at second slip.

But White (28no) and McDonald (13no), who both made half-centuries in the first innings, shared an unbroken fifth-wicket union of 42 to guide the Bushrangers home.

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