Short’s whirlwind 257 stuns Queensland

Of the 387 Western Australia scored before their innings was wrapped up prematurely in 47 overs, 257 came off D’Arcy Short’s bat. Laced with as many as 23 hits into the stands – an all time record in one-day cricket, and another 15 boundaries, Short ended up registering the third highest List A score. Only Ali Brown (268 for Surrey against Glamorgan) and Rohit Sharma (264 for India against Sri Lanka) have now scored more runs than Short in a single innings in one-day cricket.

In the chase, barring two partnerships in 90s at the top of the order, Queensland were hardly in the contest. From a 238 for 2 at one point, the visitors were shot down for 271 inside 43 overs, a collapse triggered by Jason Behrendorff’s three-fer and pressure of a monumental target. Andrew Tye then added five wickets to his tally in quick succession, helping WA to a massive 116-run victory to consolidate their position at the top of the table.

Queensland though opted to field first and their decision was vindicated by Billy Stanlake who got rid of both WA openers in his second over of the day. The lanky pacer hardly put a foot wrong in his opening burst of five overs, one of which was a maiden played out of the destructive Short. It was the introduction of Mitchell Swepson that helped Short cover up for the lost time. Marcus Stoinis, too, went on the offensive against the leg-spinner, hitting him for three sixes in an over.

Swepson got his revenge in the following over, with the wicket of Stoinis, but by then Short had settled in for a long haul. He brought up his fifty off 57 deliveries and cut loose soon after. Left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhnemann came under attack as soon as he was introduced; Swepson leaked 24 runs in the 29th over, and Mark Steketee was welcomed back into the attack with a four and a six. From 63 off 68, Short had sped to 126 off just 94. Even the fall of regular wickets at the other end failed to deter Short, who brought up his 200 with three consecutive sixes off Charlie Hemphrey to begin the 41st over, while WA were comfortably past the 300-run mark before entering the death overs.

Short meted out similar treatment to both Joe Burns and Luke Feldman in the following overs to notch up his 250 off just 144 balls, taking WA to 379 before he became the seventh man dismissed. Though WA’s last-three could add only eight more runs to their eventual total, the 387 were enough to go into the second half with a massive edge.

Queensland momentarily seemed up for the fight, but once the top-four were dismissed it was only a matter of time for the table-toppers. The tone was set by Sam Heazlett, who after a 46-run stand with the fellow opener, combined with Chris Lynn for a 94-run partnership and added another 98 for the third wicket with Hemphrey. The opener’s century knock had taken Queensland to 238 for 2 by the 33rd over, leaving them with a difficult but not impossible 150 to get off the final 17 overs. However, Behrendorff gate-crashed that party with the wickets of Heazlett, Hemphrey and Burns in quick succession.

Tye, who had earlier picked up the prized scalp of Lynn, then polished off the tail all by himself as Queensland surrendered in the 43rd over.

Brief scores: Western Australia 387 all out in 47 overs (D’Arcy Short 257; Matthew Kuhnemann 3-50) beat Queensland 271 all out in 42.3 overs (Sam Heazlett 107, Chris Lynn 58; Andrew Tye 6-46, Jason Behrendorff 3-40) by 116 runs.

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