Classic Broad stars in victory
BULLS batsman Ryan Broad amazed the crowd with a classic catch to round out a man of the match performance in the Ryobi Cup match against the Tigers at Harrup Park on Saturday.
After helping Queensland set a strong target of 8-262 with a top score of 92, Broad's athletic outfield catch took the wind out of Tasmania's sails just as their innings was regaining momentum after early setbacks.
Diving forwards, Broad just managed to latch onto a skied chance from Evan Gulbus, who cracked 62 runs from 72 balls.
Broad said later that even he was amazed that he took the catch.
"I ended up taking it strangely, I couldn't get my hands under it so I had to take it sideways," he said.
"It was one of those ones you can easily drop.
"I didn't think I was going to get close to it because it kept going in the breeze."
Earlier Broad batted strongly for his 92 runs off 120 balls.
"It was good to get some time in the middle, that's the first real runs I've got for some time," he said.
"It's my highest one-day score, my previous best was about 80 last year.
"It would have been nice to go on and get 100 but you can't be too greedy, I guess."
Broad, who has played for Queensland for about six years, said he was looking forward to the new national Twenty20 competition, in which he will play for the Brisbane Heat franchise.
"The competition starts in December," he said.
"Hopefully we can get a few people in to watch it, it should be a winner."
The Brisbane Heat will play Sydney Sixers in their opening match of the competition.