Victoria v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Melbourne, 1st day October 25, 2010

Cosgrove rewards Tasmania with first hundred

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Tasmania 9 for 315 (Cosgrove 159, Wright 4-49) v Victoria

Mark Cosgrove rescued his new state Tasmania with his first century since switching from South Australia, as the Tigers fought back from a shaky start against Victoria. Cosgrove's 159 was the standout on a day when no other batsman passed fifty, and at stumps Tasmania had held on to reach 9 for 315.

It was a good result after they slumped to 3 for 26 having won the toss, as the former Tasmania fast man Damien Wright provided some early headaches. But Cosgrove turned things around with a pair of century partnerships, first with Alex Doolan (42) and then with Travis Birt, who made 47.

Cosgrove ended up posting his highest first-class score in Australia since 2005-06, a summer that resulted in him being called up into the ODI side. He has made bigger scores in county cricket since then, but South Australia will be left to wonder what they could have done differently to get the best out of Cosgrove in recent years.

Finally, Cosgrove fell to an unlikely weapon when he was caught at long-on against the offspin of David Hussey, who also struck in his next over. That sparked a mini-collapse that included Peter Siddle having Ben Hilfenhaus caught behind, but by stumps the Tigers were still hanging on with Brady Jones at the crease on 25 and Adam Griffith on 6.

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  • Dummy4 on October 25, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    Apparently 2 KFC stores in the Northern Suburbs of Adelaide have had to shut since his move to Tassie! A great talent and as a South Aussie it was a shame to see him go. But I believe SA's intentions were good. They were hoping by sacking Cossie it would be the wake-up call he needed to hit the gym and make the most of his talent. Its a shame because with a likely overhaul of the Aussie team after the Ashes, a fit and firing Cossie could've been a dark horse.

  • John on October 25, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    What a shame he doesn't just shake a bunch of that weight. He could easily play for Australia if he was reasonably fit. A real shame.

  • Amahl on October 25, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    A quality player. A real pity that he lost form at the time that he did. He made a promising debut in Bangladesh. As a 'Mini Boof' or 'Mini Lehmann', he could be a really valuable player to the Australian one day side. All the best to him.

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