New South Wales batsman Nick Larkin has played a pivotal innings for the Blues in a One-Day trial match against Queensland on Thursday to make it two wins from as many matches over the hosts in Brisbane this week.
Larkin scored an important 68 from 76 balls in the middle order to help set up the 56-run win at Allan Border Field. Harry Conway (3-29) was best with the ball for NSW as the visitors dismissed Queensland for 190 after the Blues posted 246.
Larkin shared a crucial 61-run partnership for the eighth wicket with lower order batsman Sean Abbott (31).
As was the case on Tuesday when NSW prevailed by six wickets over Queensland, the quicks were amongst the wickets again at Allan Border Field.
Conway followed his three wickets on Tuesday with another bag of three to enhance his claims for selection in the Blues squad for their opening match of the JLT One-Day Cup against Western Australia at the WACA Ground on September 18.
In his first match back from injury, Ben Dwarshuis claimed an impressive 2-31 from six overs.
He joined Conway and Jason Sangha (2-24) as multiple wicket takers for the Blues.
Sangha showed his full skill set against Queensland as the top-order batsman picked up a couple of wickets with his leg-spin.
The Blues made a good start to the match when openers Daniel Hughes (34) and Ryan Gibson (28) reached 60 without loss within the first 16 overs.
However, NSW stumbled in the proceeding 19 overs. They lost 7/103 until Larkin and Abbott combined to steady the ship and help the visitors post a competitive total.
A brilliant run out from Justin Avendano in the second over almost immediately had the Queensland chase on the retreat, but the hosts recovered to be 2/112 in the 25th over and the Blues needed to strike.
Conway was the man to answer the call and claimed the key wicket of Queensland captain Jack Wildermuth (40), and once Dwarshuis claimed the other important wicket of Corey Hunter (50) not long after, the Blues had the upper hand.
Queensland lost 5/29 in the middle stages of its innings and were eventually bowled out in the 47th over. Steve O’Keefe (1-16) and Blues rookie Jack Edwards (1-34) were the other wicket takers for NSW in the win.