Qld Bulls bag brilliant Ryobi Cup win against all odds

A BETTER man than myself might suggest that 'Huey' is not a big fan of the game of cricket.

The Aussie weather god has wreaked havoc with games all over the country this summer but none more important than the Ryobi Cup final at the MCG on Wednesday night.

It was evident a few days out from the all-important final that weather was going to play a major part in the result.

Unfortunately the toss of the coin didn't go our way and Victoria opted to bowl first under damp skies.

It was a win-win for the Bushrangers who licked their lips at the prospect of having first crack with the ball on such a wicket, followed by full use of the Duckworth-Lewis method - an equation well known to favour the team batting second.

Safe to say, it can be a disappointing night for the losing team when a long, hard-fought season is determined primarily by the weather.

I was surprised to find there is no 'lay-day' should a final be completely rain affected. Even Brisbane grade cricket has one should 'Huey' come to the party.

I don't know what I was more stressed about on Wednesday night when watching from my couch at home, with one eye on the game and the other on the BOM weather radar!

All things considered, there was plenty of excitement for those at home, even in a reduced overs capacity, with the momentum of the game changing almost every over.

Thankfully the Maroons continued their winning streak in the one-day format at the MCG, rolling the Vics in another final over thriller, despite all the odds being against us.

With the Bushrangers needing just five runs from the last over, man-of-the match Ryan Harris stepped up to pick up the final two wickets, with just two balls to spare.

A win snatched from the true jaws of defeat, in a game where ball dominated bat all night.

It would appear the Bulls are the Bushrangers' bogey team, with several low scoring wins now against the Victorians on their home turf.

Wednesday night's win makes us holders of all three formats - Big Bash, Ryobi Cup and last season's Sheffield Shield - but the summer still isn't over.

I said it before the Big Bash final and I'll say it again - put a Maroon team under pressure and we will fight and scrap to find a way to win, in any sport.

The amount of times a Queensland team has managed to steal a win against the grain is becoming more of a habit than a fluke, and I hope we can carry that momentum into the final round of the Shield competition in our bid to go back-to-back come the end of March.



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