Bryant storms home to Queensland as he flays New South Wales

queensland 5 for 298 (Bryant 88*, Heazlett 54, Clayton 52, Tremain 3-46) defeated New south Wales 8-for-165 (Hughes 43, B Edwards 3-30) for 31 runs (DLS method)

Queensland kept their Marsh Cup campaign alive by defeating New South Wales by 31 runs via the DLS method in their rain-affected one-day clash at the North Sydney Oval.

Queensland had shot 5 for 298 in 43.2 overs, with Max Bryant scoring 88 off 53 balls, when lightning and rain prematurely closed their innings on Sunday.

The home team’s original DLS target after the first 80-minute delay was 329, before further downpours halted play for another 80 minutes with NSW 2 for 75 after 11.3 overs.

The target was revised to 225 from 24 overs and the new order rate of 150 from the next 75 balls proved to be well beyond the home side when a third downpour ended proceedings permanently.

Kurtis Patterson and Matthew Gilkes holed up for shots before the second delay as Queensland asserted their dominance early in the chase.

A top-form Daniel Hughes, who had racked up three tons from his previous four hits in the competition, scratched himself early before finding his best form after play resumed. Hughes looked like the Blues’ best hope of pulling off a miracle, with 43 touchdowns.

But when they ran him out in the 16th via a straight hit by Sam Truloff, just one ball after Moises Henriques fended a catch for Max Bryant, the home team’s hopes went out the door.

The first rain delay denied the fiery Bryant the chance to score a maiden ton, but he reveled in the win nonetheless.

“It’s always good to play in North Sydney as a batsman,” Bryant said. “He’s pretty small, so you have to go 100 percent or nothing. You don’t really have those in-between shots where you get caught on the edge.”

“I’m not going down without a fight, it’s the Queensland way. Getting a win against NSW is always special.”

After Bryce Street’s early loss to a controversial lbw decision, fellow starter Sam Heazlett and first-timer Jack Clayton impressed before Bryant took the match away from NSW.

He hit five sixes on his swashbuckling strike, dominating a 122-run sixth wicket stand with captain Jimmy Peirson, who came from just 12.1 overs and put Queensland on top.

The result meant that Queensland overtook NSW and Victoria to move up to fourth in the points table.

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