One thing that has always frustrated me with the scheduling of cricket in Australia is that when the Australian side are playing Tests, the domestic sides are playing T20s.
Kurtis Patterson’s unbeaten half-century led the New South Wales Blues to victory over the Queensland Bulls by five wickets in the one-day cup at the Gabba on Friday.
With 10 required off the last over, Patterson (50 not out) hit a six off the first ball from Ben Cutting (0-70) and the Blues went on to pass Queensland’s 243 all out, with three balls to spare.
Opener Peter Nevill top-scored with 74 as NSW beat Queensland for the second time in five days.
Former South Australia seamer Peter George (3-30) had an impressive debut for Queensland taking the first three wickets but he lacked support from his new teammates, with Cutting in particular off colour.
George’s fellow Bulls debutant Simon Milenko hit 54 off 39 balls which along with five drops from the Blues lifted the hosts to a competitive total.
Former Test bowler Doug Bollinger (3-30) and Pat Cummins (3-60) helped put the Blues in a position to win the match.
The Bulls, chasing a third straight one-day cup title, now have one win and two losses in this year’s competition, while NSW have won three from three.