Harris through test unscathed
QUEENSLAND'S Test pace bowler Ryan Harris declared himself fully fit for Australia's tour of South Africa after helping the Bulls down Tasmania by five runs in front of 2500 spectators at Harrup Park on Saturday.
Harris (1-57 off 13 overs) put the Bulls on the front foot early when he trapped Tigers' opener Nick Kruger leg before in his first over as Tasmania set about the run chase after Queensland set a challenging target of 262.
Alister McDermott (3-62 off 13 overs) also tore into the Tigers' top order, reducing them to 3-32 with two quick wickets before opener Ed Cowan (65) and Evan Gulbis (72) led a determined fight-back which ended agonisingly short as they were restricted to 8-257 from their 50 overs.
Tasmania got within sight of a miraculous comeback with spinner Jason Krezja (26 off 13 balls) hitting out late in the innings, but Harris stepped in with some tight bowling.
The Tigers needed 63 off the last six overs, but the visitors threw a scare into the Bulls camp when Krezja and Tom Triffitt took 16 off the penultimate over by Ben Cutting to require 18 from the last over.
Triffitt was run out on the first ball of the final over by Harris, but Krezja cracked consecutive fours to make it 10 off three.
Three well-pitched deliveries put the game out of reach of the Tigers, with the Bulls home by the second-last ball.
Despite pulling up while attempting to bowl the last delivery, and then sending it down off a short run, Harris said he had pulled up fit from his first match back from a ligament strain.
"It was my first bowl in a match in a while. I came out good," he said.
"I had a bit of cramp but I've got through OK.
"I'm 100% confident for the Shield game."
Queensland takes on the Tigers in the four-day Sheffield Shield starting tomorrow at the Gabba.
Harris described the experience of playing at Harrup Park in Mackay in front of an enthusiastic crowd as "awesome".
"I was great to see a good crowd. They got wound up after a few beers," he said.
Impressive spinner Brad Ipson strained a hamstring while batting and could not bowl, leaving first-time captain Peter Forrest to juggle duties between a number of part-timers.
"It was nerve-wracking," Forrest admitted afterwards.
"I had a headache by the end of the innings."
Queensland coach Darren Lehmann said the injury-wracked Bulls would need to quickly bounce back.
"We've got a lot of injuries, but we've got guys coming in," he said.
"Tomorrow we'll see who is available. It will give some players some opportunities. That is all we are worried about."
The victory gave the Bulls first-up success against the two best one-day sides of the last two years, Tasmania and Victoria.
They also beat Victoria in the opening Sheffield Shield match, giving them a perfect start from their first three matches this season.