Lynn blasts Bulls to win over SA
CHRIS Lynn's run of form to start the season has helped Queensland qualify for the domestic one-day cup semi-finals, as the Bulls beat South Australia by 24 runs in the rain-affected knockout match at North Sydney Oval.
After Lynn's 68 brought up his fifth score of above 50 in six games to help Queensland to 5-363, South Australia looked in the hunt at 4-295 chasing a rain-reduced target of 359 from 49 overs.
But when Alex Carey (25 from 17 balls) departed and Callum Ferguson's second successive century was brought to an end on 101, the Redbacks lost 6-49 to bow out of the competition.
Ferguson's knock came off just 80 balls, as South Australia looked likely to pull off the second highest successful run chase in the competition's history before he holed out at deep cover point off Mark Steketee.
Left-arm orthodox spinner Matt Kuhnemann (3-60) was the Bulls' star with the ball, claiming the key wickets of Jake Weatherald (69 from 54) and Tom Cooper (35 from 39) along the way.
The win means the Bulls - who finished last after the round robin part of the tournament - will face second-placed Tasmania in the semi-final on Saturday for a spot in the decider.
Earlier, Lynn's 70-ball innings had taken him to the top of the competition's run-scoring list after missing the last four versions of the tournament through injury.
Pushing for a spot in Australia's World Cup squad next year, Lynn has now piled on 437 runs at an average of 87.40 courtesy of centuries against both NSW and the Redbacks the first time they met.
He hit seven fours and three sixes - including one out of the ground off Cooper over long on - on Wednesday before he skied one off Cameron Valente (2-77) and was caught and bowled.
The Bulls skipper was one of four half-centurions for Queensland, as Sam Heazlett (83 from 59 balls), Joe Burrns (80 not out from 77) and James Peirson (70 from 49) helped the team to the fourth highest one-day score in their history.
S HEAZLETT c Ferguson b Valente 83 (59)
M BRYANT c Andrews b Mennie 30 (20)
C LYNN c & b Valente 68 (70)
C HEMPHREY c Carey b Mennie 16 (18)
J BURNS not out 80 (77)
J PEIRSON c Carey b Richardson 70 (49)
M STEKETEE not out 10 (8)
Sundries (1lb 4w 1nb) 6
Five wickets for 363
Fall: 42 (Bryant), 119 (Heazlett), 155 (Hemphrey), 219 (Lynn), 335 (Peirson). Bowling: K Richardson 9-0-90-1 (2w), J Mennie 10-0-72-2, T Andrews 10-2-55-0, A Zampa 10-0-57-0 (1w), C Valente 10-0-77-2 (1w 1nb), T Cooper 1-0-11-0.
Batting time: 198 mins. Overs: 50.
South Australia innings
J WEATHERALD c Bryant b Kuhnemann 69 (54)
C MCINERNEY lbw Kuhnemann 24 (29)
C FERGUSON c Kuhnemann b Steketee 101 (80)
J LEHMANN c Peirson b Swepson 38 (35)
T COOPER c Lynn b Kuhnemann 35 (39)
A CAREY c Hemphrey b Swepson 25 (17)
C VALENTE b Stanlake 24 (21)
A ZAMPA c Hemphrey b Swepson 1 (2)
J MENNIE c Heazlett b Steketee 2 (3)
T ANDREWS b Steketee 1 (3)
K RICHARDSON not out 4 (1) Sundries (5b 1lb 4w) 10
Fall: 89 (McInerney), 106 (Weatherald), 182 (Lehmann), 258 (Cooper), 295 (Carey), 298 (Ferguson), 307 (Zampa), 311 (Mennie), 326 (Valente), 334 (Andrews).
Bowling: B Stanlake 9-0-79-1 (1w), M Steketee 9.2-0-67-3 (3w), X Bartlett 10-0-58-0, M Kuhnemann 10-0-60-3, M Swepson 9-0-64-3.
Batting time: 201 mins. Overs: 47.2.
Umpires: John Ward, Gerard Abood.
Match Referee: Bob Stratford.
Third Umpire: T Wilds.
Result: Queensland won by 24 runs under Duckworth-Lewis method