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Bancroft, Green power WA to Gabba win

Cameron Green flexed in a timely Gabba Ashes warm-up while teammate Cameron Bancroft’s unbeaten century anchored Western Australia in a run-fest one-day cup victory over Queensland.

The Warriors won the toss and made the most of the perfect batting conditions in Brisbane on Monday, posting 3-361 from their 50 overs.

The Bulls briefly threatened to chase down what would have been the second-largest total in domestic one-day history until Jimmy Peirson (62 off 50) and Joe Burns (73 off 74) fell in successive AJ Tye (3-46) overs.

Queensland were eventually bowled out for 291, a 29-run last-wicket stand denying the Warriors a bonus point from their win.

Earlier Bancroft (124 not out off 105) was the mainstay for WA while Green (70 off 55) and then Ashton Turner (71 off 41) provided the fireworks.

Bowled by the medium pace of Marnus Labuschagne without offering a shot in the Warriors’ recent Sheffield Shield win, incumbent Test allrounder Green ensured there was no repeat ahead of the first Ashes clash at the same ground from December 8.

The hulking 22-year-old dispatched one innocuous delivery high into the top tier of the Gabba and then followed it up with two more maximums – there were five in total for Green – over the leg-side boundary.

“I felt good out there today … and Cameron Green, he enjoyed hitting the short side (boundaries), it was nice,” Bancroft said.

“It’s always really hard to come and play away from home and win … so to win the Shield and one-dayer, we’ll definitely enjoy it and keep it going.”

Josh Philippe (45) and Nick Hobson (33) had got Western Australia away brightly, Mark Steketee (0-57) the only Queensland bowler to go for less than a-run-a-ball.

In reply, Usman Khawaja (seven) picked out the only man on the legside boundary before Marnus Labuschagne (20), Max Bryant (32) and Matt Renshaw (36) all threatened to follow Bancroft’s lead.

Peirson and Burns did their best to cover for their premature exits, combining in a 124-run partnership that suddenly put the heat back on the visitors.

But then Peirson’s well-hit cut shot speared to a diving Hilton Cartwright, before Burns holed out to square leg as the Warriors (3-1) improved their standing on top of the one-day ladder.

D’Arcy Short (3-56) ran through the tail, while Matthew Kelly took two wickets.

James Bazley took 2-72 while left-arm off spinner Matt Kuhnemann was the other wicket-taker for the Bulls.

Jostling for a spot in Australia’s Ashes squad, bowlers Michael Neser (hamstring) and Jhye Richardson (rested) both missed the clash for Queensland and Western Australia respectively.

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