Labuschagne shines, Qld bt NSW in cricket

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CRICKET MARSH CUP QLD NSW

Test batsman Marnus Labuschagne was in fine touch for Queensland against NSW in their one dayer

Breakthrough Ashes batsman Marnus Labuschagne got among the runs as Queensland beat NSW in their opening one day clash in a match almost overshadowed by a scary moment for Blues bowler Mickey Edwards.

Labuschagne hit a sparkling 67 off 64 balls, and, along with opener Sam Heazlett (70 off 57 balls) helped guide the home side to a position of strength in pursuit of NSW's 5-305 at Allan Border Field in Brisbane.

Jack Wildermuth hit 51 while Test aspirant Joe Burns posted an unbeaten knock of 54 to successfully help the home side over the line with two overs to spare at 6-307.

Seamer Edwards survived with bruising to his right hand after narrowly avoiding a potentially serious blow to the head as Heazlett crashed a shot straight back at the bowler.

Edwards just managed to get his hand up in time to deflect a ball that seemed set to hit him flush on the top of the head.

Edwards continued to bowl, delivering nine wicketless overs for 61 runs.

Cricket Australia said earlier this year it hade been working on a protective helmet for bowlers with hopes that a product could be available for the current summer.

Net bowler Jaykishan Plaha suffered a fractured skull after being hit by a David Warner shot during a World Cup training session in London two months ago.

Australian spinner Fawad Ahmed suffered a fractured jaw and needed extensive dental work after he was hit in the mouth by a batsman's straight drive earlier this year, while South Australian seamer Joe Mennie suffered a similar injury to Plaha in 2017.

Harry Conway (3-72) made inroads for NSW after Heazlett and Labuschagne put on 112 for the second wicket, but, without any of their Test stars, the relatively inexperienced Blues bowling line-up were unable to make sufficient inroads on a docile pitch.

NSW had three batsman pass 50 but saw their momentum stall mid-innings after Jack Edwards and Moises Henriques put on a quick-paced 121 for the second wicket.

The pair fell in quick succession with Edwards (84) the first to go caught on the boundary, while Henriques (52) mis-hit a leg-side shot to offer an easy catch.

In the absence of Steve Smith, NSW found middle-order runs thanks to a confident debut from Nick Bertus who posted an impressive 69 not out from 60 balls.

New South Wales were without all their Ashes representatives, with only Labuschagne lining up for Queensland after they elected to rest Michael Neser.