19/05/2024

Wildermuth scoring a century for Australia A. (Image: Cricket Australia)

Seven Queensland Bulls squad members played in a Premier Grade match on Saturday in preparation for the Marsh Cup. Here's how they went.

Seven members of the Bulls squad played in a Queensland premier grade game on Saturday as they prepare for the Marsh One-Day Cup.

Fourth ranked test batsman Marnus Labuschagne attracted an impressive crowd for Redlands alongside Jimmy Pierson and the latest addition to the Bulls squad, James Bazely.

But it was Usman Khawaja’s Valley that came away with the win off an impressive display from Mark Steketee, Lachlan Pfeffer and a man of the match perfomance from Jack Wildermuth.

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113 runs off 88 balls from Wildermuth proved to be decisive as Valley won by 34 runs. The innings included five fours and six sixes. Wildermuth also showed class with the ball, taking two wickets to add to his performance.

Khawaja and Pfeffer opened the batting for Valley. Pfeffer fell early with 10 runs off the bowling of Bazley before Khawaja was bowled for 58 by the excitable Labuschagne.

Khawaja was also recently announced as the new captain of the Sydney Thunder for BBL|11 after Callum Ferguson retired at the conclusion of last season.

Bazely showed his capabilities with the ball, taking three wickets, two of them caught by the keeper in Pierson and the third bowled from a perfect yorker.

Pierson opened the batting for Redlands, not a common position at state level for the Bulls keeper. However, he showed tremendous poise on the way to totalling a hard fought 92.

Despite requesting that Redlands’ nets be unlocked for an early morning, pre-game net session, Labuschagne left the crowd underwhelmed. The test star fell for just six runs after being caught in deep mid-wicket trying to take on teenage spinner Zanden Jeh, who will never forget the moment.

Bazely played his natural big-hitting game with a couple of sixes before getting caught behind for 18 runs.

Steketee also put in a fine display by taking three wickets for Valley as he looks to regain the attention of Australian selectors.

The Marsh One-Day Cup begins on September 11 when Victoria play South Australia. Queensland kicks off its campaign against New South Wales on September 14.

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