Tasmania hang on for first split-innings win
Tasmania 9 for 252 (Cosgrove 69, Lockyear 64, Rimmington 4-60, Feldman 4-64) beat Queensland 247 (Broad 83, Drew 4-70) by 5 runs
Tasmania, the nominal defending champion, survived an unexpected scare from the No.11 Nathan Rimmington to hold off a fast-finishing Queensland and win the inaugural split-innings fixture. Half-centuries to Mark Cosgrove and Rhett Lockyear pushed the Tigers to 9 for 252 at the Gabba and the Bulls were in big trouble - even with Ryan Broad's 83 - until Rimmington arrived.
Rimmington blasted 42 off 24 balls and Chris Hartley chipped in with 27 in a breathtaking stand of 61 in 6.1 overs. The pair needed 17 from the last over and Rimmington cover-drove a four from Brendan Drew's second ball before top-edging a boundary from the next delivery. He couldn't pull off the miracle and was bowled from the final ball needing a six to win.
The Tigers claimed the 50-over competition in February, but since then the format has undergone a significant renovation to become a 45-over contest decided through four innings. Once Cosgrove, an off-season recruit from South Australia, opened with a half-century the Tigers had the advantage and cruised to 3 for 105 after their first 20 overs.
Even though the visitors struggled at the start of their second innings they were able to recover through a smart 64 off 57 from Lockyear and Brett Geeves' 22 off eight balls to post 9 for 252. Rimmington varied his pace well - a clever slower one bowled Lockyear - to collect 4 for 60 off 12 overs while Luke Feldman's 4 for 64 on debut would have been so much better if his final over hadn't gone for 17.
Queensland lost Lee Carseldine (6) and Jason Floros (6) chasing the point for a first-innings lead late in their opening innings and were 14 runs behind at the main interval. They also struggled early in their second bat when they needed 162 off their final 25 overs. The quick departures of Chris Lynn, who turned on a short ball and was caught at first slip, and James Hopes were big setbacks and ultimately left too much work to do.
Broad was steady at the top until he swiped two sixes to long-on off Brett Geeves in the same over - and was also hit in the neck by a short ball. Broad was taken low down by Ed Cowan in the deep in the 39th over, leaving Hartley and Rimmington to ensure an exciting finish to match with a slow build-up.
Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo