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Bulls belt NSW by 110 runs at Gabba
By Jim Morton
21:33 AEST Wed Nov 21 2012

Queensland routed NSW for 142 for a bonus-point one day cricket victory on Wednesday night but the Blues didn't feel all the pain at the Gabba.

Bulls batsman Chris Lynn was rushed to hospital for scans on his groin and had to be dosed up on painkillers after copping an agonising blow during the home side's 8-252 batting first.

NSW's bowlers were off-line and astray for much of the innings - conceding a domestic record 26 wides - but Doug Bollinger hit Lynn dead-centre with a brute of a shortish-pitched delivery.

The blow floored Lynn for several minutes but he got to his feet and unleashed an influential cameo by belting 39 off 28 balls - including four sixes off Sean Abbott - before holing out.

The 22-year-old did return to the Gabba in time to see his teammates complete their 110-run victory but had tweeted "#soreeggs #agony" while waiting for specialists at the Mater Hospital.

Late-blooming former Victorian paceman Matthew Gale (3-48) was an unlikely hero for Queensland as he returned from a terrible start with the new ball to rip through the Blues middle-order.

NSW were seemingly cruising at 1-73 in the 16th over in the day-nighter but the match turned when Cameron Gannon (2-36) had Nic Maddinson out hooking, sparking a 9-69 collapse.

While both Gale, who also ran out Peter Nevill, and Alister McDermott (3-26) picked up three wickets, it was Ben Cutting (1-20 off eight) who built the pressure from the Vulture Street end.

The Bulls won the toss and batted first but were never comfortable on a two-paced wicket where Peter Forrest battled for 96 balls to top score with 62.

With fringe Australian paceman Josh Hazlewood the main culprit, the Blues conceded 26 runs in wide deliveries.

Hazlewood struggled with his radar as he conceded 14 wides in his first three overs before being taken off after wicketkeeper Brad Haddin didn't even get close to two leg-side shockers.

But the tall quick fought back admirably to dismiss Joe Burns (7) with the second ball of his second spell and concede a mere 19 runs from his next seven overs.

Only Lynn's fireworks and tail-ender Nathan Hauritz belting 17 off the last over from skipper Steve O'Keefe (3-65) lifted the total past 250.

Queensland's convincing win moves them to third on the Cup table on nine points, still 10 behind leaders Victoria, and leaves NSW (4) struggling in equal last.


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