Gillam belts ACT bowling attack in ACCC opener
CRICKET : A dominant Chris Gillam knock helped guide Queensland to victory in their ACCC opener against ACT.
Chasing 159 runs for victory, Queensland were reeling at 1-1 following the loss of opener Chris Stanger, before cruising to a six-wicket win in the 18th over
Gillam (77 off 49) was the steadying hand and the Wests opener was well supported by Chris Stanger (46) and Samuel Lowry (31) with Queensland finishing at 4-163.
Stanger's near half-century, scored off just 18 balls, capped off a man of the match performance after he claimed 3-30 with the ball.
"It's good to start these tournaments off with runs and I was lucky enough to get a few," Gillam said.
"They bowled well to start with and had a lot of shape early.
"Their spinner came on and really slowed it up for them so it was quite hard.
"The field here is quite quick so once we got away we knew we could get back into the game.
"There were some good knocks from Stanger and Lowry."
Moving forward Gillam believes Queensland are ideally placed to push for honours.
"We wanted to set ourselves up for a good tournament so we were pushing for a win in this game," he said.
"We bowled quite well and kept them to a reasonable total and were very happy with that.
"(Against ACT) we finished up four out so we left some boys in the shed.
"There's some great fire power up the top of order but we also bat deep."
#At the time of press Victoria were 2-93 chasing Queensland's 10-128. Toowoomba's Sam Neale topped Queensland's scorers with 29 runs, Gillam scored 13 and Cameron Brimblecombe was run out for 9.
Originally published as Gillam belts ACT bowling attack in ACCC opener