Birt and Bevan seal big win
Tasmania 5 for 340 (Birt 145, Bevan 118) beat South Australia 226 (Blewett 118) by 114 runs
Travis Birt broke the record for the highest score by a Tasmanian in a domestic one-day match as he and Michael Bevan hammered hundreds off South Australia in their ING Cup match at Bellerive Oval. Thanks to the two hundreds Tasmania posted an imposing 339, and were able to register a thumping 114 run win. Greg Blewett's 118 was the only consolation for South Australia.
Birt's 145 surpassed the previous Tasmanian record of 129 not out by Michael Di Venuto against the Redbacks eight years ago. The second-wicket stand of 225 was also a Tasmanian record. For Bevan this was just an extension of a fine run. He has scored three centuries on the trot in the Pura Cup since moving to Tasmania.
South Australia got off to a good start, racing to 60 in 10 overs. But then the need to score quickly caused wickets to fall at regular intervals. Mark Cosgrove carved 38 from 36 balls opening the innings, but Blewett aside, no-one else crossed 20. For Tasmania the wickets were shared around with Luke Butterworth returning the best figures with 2 for 29. South Australia are yet to post a win in the ING Cup this year.