Queensland v Tasmania, Ryobi Cup, Brisbane October 6, 2010

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

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  • Peter on October 7, 2010, 22:43 GMT

    This match proves what I have said all along that split innings doesn't change anything. After 20 overs, the teams were scoring around the 5 an over mark, and at the end of 45 overs, were around 5.5 an over mark. Sounds like a pretty standard one day match to me. Looks like teams chipped around from about overs 25-40 at the usual 5 an over pace, pretty standard. And both teams put a flourish of runs on from about over 40, which again sounds pretty standard. The only way that split innings would make things different would be to make it like a mini test match, or effectively two T20s back to back. But because wickets carry over both innings, you still need them in hand at the very end, meaning teams will still take it a bit easier in the middle period for the dash at the end.

  • Adrian on October 7, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    It looks like the dumbest decision since Australia A was the 4th team in an international ODI tri-series, that became a 4-way series, where Australia beat Australia A in the final. That was something that only happened once and I suspect that this new format will go the same way. Exciting finish, yes, but a confusing game just the same. I don't think it is needed to go into confusion. We have found Twenty/20 amidst a huge number of experimentations. Let's stick with that and leave ODIs (and List As) as they are.

  • vas on October 6, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    Only change the fan will experience is the split in the innings played in 4 sessions. Otherwise the bowlers throw the ball and batters bat. At the moment we have to be neutral and wait and see how the new format evolve new tactics develop.

  • Jake on October 6, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    Went into this match believing this format was a farce... Walk away from it feeling justified, found the game dreadful to watch... This will be the only list A domestic game I watch this season... Which is a shame given I do enjoy the longer limited overs format... But this match was just ugh... Good luck explaining this format to new comers to cricket and hopefully CA kill this off after this season so we can go back to a proper limited overs competition.

  • Terry on October 6, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    Sounds like an exciting match, pitty that I didnt get to see it. Its funny that the final score was closer then the half way point, where QLD had to make a decision as to whether to go after the half way lead or keep more in reserve for the end. If you look back I predicted that this would make it more interesting, as there are four final overs of the match instead of two, which many strategies involved in decisions being made. It means the smarter strategy teams will get more points over a season.

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