Reardo hits ton for Queensland
Former Knebworth Park player Nathan Reardon, who hit a double ton in his time with us, struck a brilliant century for Queensland this week.
Reardo's score, however, was not enough to stop Western Australia grabbing a dramatic five-run victory that dented Queensland's chances of making the one-day final.
Reardon's 113-ball 116 - his maiden ton - was in vain as the Bulls were bowled out for 279 in the final over at the Gabba, chasing WA's 9-284.
With Queensland needing nine off the final over, Reardon chanced his arm too many times and was caught on the boundary off the first ball by Nathan Coulter-Nile (1-84).
In the end, tailender Alister McDermott needed a six off the final ball to complete the highest successful domestic one-day run chase at the Gabba, but it was not to be.
It was the third straight loss for the Bulls and the first win for dead last Western Australia.
Third-placed Queensland must now pull off a big win over second-placed Tasmania in Hobart on Wednesday to be any chance of joining South Australia in the February 25 one-day final.
"It was good to get a hundred for myself. That's like a monkey off the back for me, but it doesn't really count for much if we lose," a devastated Reardon said.
Of his lusty hit on the first ball of the final over, Reardon said: "I thought I had enough on it - it was like it got caught up in the wind."
Reardon still backed Queensland to pull off a bonus-point win over Tasmania next week and make the one-day final.
"We only have ourselves to blame if we don't make it," he said of Queensland which won their first four one-day games this season.