ACT all-rounder saves day for the Bulls
Jason Floros unwinds in Wednesday night's final. Photo: Getty Images
Shocked simply to get the call-up for the Ryobi Cup final, Jason Floros cast aside an injury-affected season to play a leading role in the Queensland Bulls securing the title.
The Canberra product was still on a high when he touched down in Brisbane on Thursday, a day after smashing a quick-fire 47 from 32 balls in Queensland's thrilling two-run win against Victoria at the MCG.
The 25-year-old's dynamic hitting hoisted the Bulls to a respectable 9-146 from 32 overs in the rain-affected contest, before Test quick Ryan Harris snared back-to-back wickets in the final over to leave the Bushrangers stranded on 144.
Floros was only added to the team on Tuesday as a late inclusion for injured off-spinner Nathan Hauritz.
His own season has been disrupted by a broken finger suffered in November, which ruled him out of the entire Big Bash League with the Sydney Thunder.
''To get a call on Tuesday was a bit of a surprise, but a good surprise in the end,'' Floros said.
''In a final, the adrenaline's going, you're pretty nervous.
''They're a good bunch of blokes at the Bulls and we love a fight.''
Harris rightfully claimed man-of-the-match honours with his sensational figures of 4-26, but Floros wouldn't have been far behind.
Floros came to the crease with the Bulls in trouble at 6-81 and kept his composure as wickets fell around him. The former Australian under-19 international upped the run rate with a series of mighty blows at the death before falling in the final over in the chase for quick runs.
''It was fun to get a couple off the middle,'' he said. ''It was hard going for the top-order, but once you give yourself a chance and bat 20 balls, you never know what you can do.''
The off-spinning all-rounder's knock continues a sensational summer for Canberra cricketers, following Jono Dean's half-century for the PM's XI against the West Indies.
The only downside for Floros was winning at the expense of Will Sheridan, the Victorian all-rounder who played against Floros in the Canberra grade competition.
''We had a good chat after the game in the change rooms,'' Floros said.
''He's a good fella, 'Sherro'. I feel for all the Vics, to go down in that sort of situation is pretty tough.''