Tasmania v Western Australia, Twenty20 Big Bash January 27, 2011

Bailey leads Tasmania into the finals

The Bulletin by Alex Malcolm

Tasmania 7 for 170 (Bailey 51, Mahmood 2-16) beat Western Australia 8 for 130 (Ronchi 43, Krejza 2-17) by 40 runs

Tasmania secured a place in the Big Bash finals with a comfortable 40-run victory over Western Australia at Bellerive. It was an even performance by the Tigers who were led well by captain George Bailey. He clubbed a match-winning 51 from 30 balls to lift his side to a total of 7 for 170.

After winning the toss and batting first, Tasmania suffered an indifferent start losing both Jonathan Wells and Ed Cowan to Sajid Mahmood, who had his back up and chest out on a pitch that provided good pace and bounce.

The innings really kick started in the fifth over when Mark Cosgrove, battling for form, clubbed four consecutive boundaries off Mick Lewis. Cosgrove's fluency with the blade was offset by his running between the wickets. A problem with his hamstring hamstrung Bailey early on as the skipper was denied several twos.

But Bailey found another way. He reverse swept Adam Voges' first ball from outside leg for four, then clubbed Michael Beer onto the hill. He took two more sixes off Lewis' second over before succumbing to part-timer Michael Swart.

Swart, bowling nothing more than darts that have been quite effective in Perth grade cricket, grabbed the three key scalps in Bailey, Cosgrove (49) and Travis Birt. Tasmania looked like they might fall short of a par score but some late hitting from Jason Krejza in the last over damaged Lewis' figures beyond repair and gave the Tigers great momentum.

With that momentum they seized the match at the start of the Warriors chase. The visitors imploded to slump to 4 for 37. Marcus North curiously walked out at six and could not salvage the wreck. Luke Ronchi was the only shining light with 43 off 29, although he was dropped twice by substitute Brendon Drew.

Drew was on for Rana Naved-ul-Hasan. The popular Pakistani tweaked an ankle in the field. He went off initially, then returned only to bowl one ball before collapsing in a screaming heap. His fitness for the Preliminary final will be crucial to Tasmania's chances. Bailey manoeuvred his depleted bowling line-up well with Krejza, James Faulkner, and part-timer Rhett Lockyear all claiming two miserly wickets each.

Tasmania will now watch the next two games with interest to see if they play South Australia or New South Wales for a spot in the final.

The Warriors are instead left to ponder another disappointing tournament. Western Australia has failed to win silverware in any format since 2003-04.

Alex Malcolm is a freelance writer based in Perth

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  • Nikhil on January 28, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    @The_Maxophone @Amraiz_Naina @yorkaus Thanks for ur reply .. I apolozise for that misunderstanding. Actually I thought finals means the top two teams. hence I made this conclusion. So, now they will play against NSW in the prelimnery final.. Am i right.???

  • Brian on January 28, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    @gzawilliam - Tassie also lost Paine and their strike bowler couldn't bowl or field. And if you knew anything at all Tassie have beaten WA twice and the first game Gayle was in the team, so suck it up.

  • Warrick on January 28, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    WA not really doing much for the development of our youth. The bowling attack the other night against QLD was Hogan (NSW journeyman 29yrs), Sajit Mahmood (Eng) Mick Lewis (VIC journeyman 36yrs), Chris Gayle (WI) & a certain Michael Beer. Where are the Mitchell Marshes, Coulter-Niles or Ryan Duffields of their squad? Cricket Australia are wondering where the next generation has gone? What happened to 'grass roots' cricket? It's truly astounding how many 30 plus fast bowlers we have around the country that have never or will never play for Australia, but have state contracts? What's the point? Surely there's enough coaching jobs to around for these war-horses so they can pass on their knowledge from the sidelines. What could possibly be the benefit of Mick Lewis taking 4-20 in this game (if he could)? What's going on CA???

  • Mike on January 28, 2011, 0:48 GMT

    What a difference losing Gayle and Marsh made. Tazzie lose doherty. But i cant say that he's the same value.

    Next year WA!

  • Andrew on January 27, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    Couldn't beleive the other day when I saw M Lewis is still playing - thought he retired about 4 yrs ago!

  • Chris on January 27, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    @NikhilAdhalikar Tasmania are in the finals. The format of the competition sees the number 1 side automatically play in the final, while sides finishing 2 and 3 play the preliminary final to decide who else progresses to the final.

  • Amraiz on January 27, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    Re @ NikhilAdhalikar : Sir actually Cricinfo hasn't made any mistake, Tasmania have made it for the Finals (That is what the Headline of this Topic). That means Tasmania made it to the Finals and not the Final, Difference is, FINAL+S stands for (Preliminary Final or The Final) and Final means (Final Only) :) , Hope you will understand the explanation.

  • Josh on January 27, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    @NikhilAdhalikar - Prelim final is 2nd Vs 3rd.

  • Nikhil on January 27, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    THis is a big mistake by cricinfo or the officials whoever it may be. .. Tasmania is still not 100% in the finals. South australia with 8 points already are there in finals as they have very huge NRR. NSW have 6 and tasmania have 8. IF nsw win, they will be definitely in the finals as the have a higher NRR then Tasmania. For Tasmania to be in the finals NSW has to loose OR if NSW wins, SA have to loose very very very very very badly. Pls. Cricinfo , if you read this, then reply me ..

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