Queensland Bowlers’ Record Final-Wicket Partnership Snatches Victory from NSW in Thrilling One-Day Clash

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In a gripping one-day clash at North Sydney Oval, Queensland bowlers Kane Richardson and Gurinder Sandhu pulled off an extraordinary 73-run final-wicket partnership, wisping away an almost definite win from the New South Wales (NSW) for the second time in three days. This riveting display mirrored a similar defiance by the Bulls in the Sheffield Shield clash against the Blues, where they successfully thwarted what would have been the Blues’ first four-day win since 2021.

The NSW, having managed a modest 217 in under 45 overs, appeared to be striding towards victory thanks to captain Moises Henriques’ noteworthy 82 and Damel Hughes’s knock of 59. When Queensland found themselves trembling at 9-146, the prospect of their victory seemed faint. However, an incredible last stand between Richardson and Sandhu not only resuscitated their dying hopes, but also saw Richardson seal the match with a thundering six off Ben Dwarshuis – one of the two he belted out.

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Richardson reprised his career-best performance by scoring a swift 36 off just 34 balls, while Sandhu remained unbeaten on 46, and made an impressive catch of two wickets, thus earning the man-of-the-match title. Their record-breaking stand marked the highest-ever 10th wicket clash in the Australian domestic one-day game’s history.

Still relishing their victory, Sandhu reflected, “It was awesome … that last shot, over cover for six, may be the best of the season.” He spoke highly of team spirit and collaboration, “Everybody trusted that we could get through each over together, and that made all the difference. We needed to score, and we did.”

This victory marks Queensland’s first one-day win of the summer, adding further sorrow to the NSW team that went winless in the Shield season for the first time last year, and also bagged just two one-day wins.

Despite this high note, Queensland’s accomplishment was somewhat diluted by Test opener Usman Khawaja’s continued underperformance this season, with a meagre 61 runs across four innings.

Over in Perth, the fast bowling duo of Jhye Richardson and Lance Morris stamped their return to the cricket realm with a triumphant demolition of Victoria for a paltry 107 in their one-day encounter. This score was dwarfed by the previous day’s 125 achieved by the Young-gun Jake Fraser-McGurk.

In a triumphant comeback post a series of injuries, Richardson claimed two scalps in his initial three overs. Morris, having tweaked his bowling action to overcome stress back issue, turned up the pace and mirrored Richardson’s achievements. Their joint attack steamrolled Victoria’s batting order.

In the wake of a world record by Fraser-McGurk for the fastest hundred in a professional one-day game, Victoria’s ordeal ended with them crashing inside 22 overs for just 107.

Jason Behrendorff and Andrew Tye also swept three wickets each, and despite Test spinner Todd Murphy and tailender Fergus O’Neill’s salvage effort, the visitors met an embarrassing defeat. In retaliation, WA lost only four wickets, reaching the required total in under 25 overs.

Morris remains a stalwart in the eyes of Test selectors, while Richardson, a veteran of three Tests and 15 ODIs since his international debut in 2017, looks to reclaim his position in the national team post-surgery to remedy a persistent hamstring problem.