The Queensland Bulls have smashed NSW by an innings and 33 runs to claim the Sheffield Shield on the fourth day at Allan Border Field.
A jubilant Bulls team made history with the win, scoring their first ever victory against the Blues in a Shield final. The dominant performance also resulted in the Queensland men’s team winning the title in the same year as the women’s team for the first time.
The Bulls ripped through the NSW tail order on Sunday to secure the Shield before midday, what was the biggest thrashing in a Shield final since Queensland thumped Victoria by an innings and 354 runs in 2006.
The Bulls went into the fourth day already guaranteed victory with NSW resuming at 5/140.
Mitchell Swepson, Xavier Bartlett and Brendan Doggett combined for three wickets each as NSW finished all out for 213.
Marnus Labuschagne proved the difference between the two sides and was the player of the final after his incredible first innings knocked of 192.
He fell agonisingly short of becoming the fourth cricketer to score a double century in a Sheffield Shield final.
Test spinner Nathan Lyon was named player of the series with 42 wickets at an average of 25.97.