Victoria suffer 'bad day' despite Harwood heroics
Tasmania 5 for 298 (DiVenuto 84, Dighton 72, Bevan 46*, Lewis 3-46) beat Victoria 8 for 255 (Hodge 51, Harwood 50*, Doherty 4-41) by 43 runs
Tasmania survived a late onslaught from the tailender Shane Harwood to remain unbeaten in the ING Cup with a 43-run victory over Victoria at Bellerive Oval today. Harwood, batting at No. 10, hit an unbeaten 50 off 31 balls, and put on 75 for the ninth wicket with Andrew McDonald.
Sent into bat, the Tasmania openers Michael DiVenuto, who was Man of the Match, and Michael Dighton put on 160 off 152 balls while the push towards 300 was continued by Michael Bevan. Xavier Doherty, the left-arm orthodox spinner, then inflicted the damage for Tasmania in collecting 4 for 41, including the important wicket of Cameron White for 31. Brad Hodge, who returned from the India tour with White to play in the match, managed 51 off 56 balls before being caught by George Bailey off Brett Geeves.
White, the Victoria captain, wrote off the result as "a bad day". "Hopefully it's just a one-off thing and we'll be right," he said.