Burns lifts Qld to win over WA in cricket
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A stylish half century from Australian Test batsman Joe Burns has helped Queensland to a five-wicket win over Western Australia in Perth, strengthening the Bulls' grip on top spot in the one-day cup standings.
Chasing nearly six an over, Queensland were pushed hard in the latter stages of their innings before eventually reaching 5-222 to pass WA's 6-221 with seven balls remaining, in a rain-affected match shortened to 38 overs each.
Named player of the match, Burns scored 78 not out and, in concert with Nathan Reardon (61 off 52 balls), put on a match-winning partnership of 116 for the fourth wicket.
It is the third win in succession for Queensland who now boast a handy lead at the top of the competition standings, while Western Australia have accrued two points from a tie in their opening two matches.
The home side also had their own Test batsman to thank as Adam Voges hit his second successive half century to help lift his side out of early trouble at the WACA.
WA were struggling at 3-86, only for Voges to follow up his score of 51 in Sunday's opener with a crucial innings of 85 from 80 balls, before being caught in the deep.
Voges combined with Cameron Bancroft (65 not out from 60 balls) for a fourth-wicket partnership of 117, scoring at better than a run-a-ball.
The pair built momentum after WA scored at less than four an over for the first half of their innings in the face of some disciplined Queensland bowling, notably from young leg-spinner Mitch Swepson who returned figures of 1-31 off eight overs.
"It is obviously a disappointing outcome after we got a good total on the board," said Voges.
"We had them 3-70 or thereabouts, but they got that one partnership going which we weren't able to break and it took the game away from us.
"We are not just quite hitting out straps yet which is a bit of worry and we need to find something in the next few days so we can turn it around against Victoria.
"We actually played better than we did against South Australia (in the tied match), but we need to be better."