Tasmania v Victoria, Ryobi Cup, Hobart February 9, 2011

Record-breaking Maxwell gets Victoria home

ESPNcricinfo staff

Victoria 9 for 259 (Wade 67, Maxwell 61, Drew 3-58) beat Tasmania 6 for 258 (Cosgrove 120, Bailey 107) by 1 wicket

Glenn Maxwell blasted the fastest half-century in Australia's domestic one-day history to give Victoria a remarkable one-wicket win after Tasmania seemed certain of victory. Centuries to Mark Cosgrove and George Bailey drove the Tigers to 6 for 258, and when Maxwell came in with the score at 6 for 157 with less than 10 overs remaining, Victoria appeared sunk.

But Maxwell, whose previous best score for the Bushrangers was 33, singlehandedly smashed his side back into the contest with a 19-ball half-century, that beat a 20-year-old record set by David Hookes for South Australia back in 1990-91. Hookes' fifty had come off 21 deliveries, and Maxwell beat it by jamming a Ben Hilfenhaus yorker away to square leg for two.

Eventually Maxwell fell for 61 from 27 balls, when he slammed Hilfenhaus to the midwicket boundary and was taken by Bailey, but by then Victoria needed only 18 off 11, though with only one wicket in hand. Some clever batting by Peter Siddle, who reverse-paddled Hilfenhaus for four, meant Victoria needed seven from the last over, bowled by Brendan Drew.

Siddle and Jon Holland dealt in singles until they needed one from the final delivery, which Siddle (25 not out), pushed successfully behind point. It was a disappointing way to end the match for Tasmania's captain Bailey, who had made his third one-day century and together with Cosgrove set up what should have been a local triumph.

Cosgrove made 120 and Bailey scored 107, but the only reward for Tasmania was the single point for being ahead at the halfway mark. The opener Matthew Wade made 67 to keep Victoria in the hunt, before Maxwell's heroics paid off.

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  • Andrew on February 11, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    @Dr.Qwert re Siddle - sorry mate I was only joking LOL!!! Siddle is a tailender & hopefully will never have to bat above 9 in the order! Re: Neville, I think the other NSW keeper (Smith) is preferred in short formats. Anyways - only my opinion. I will repeat though, I think Hartley is the best keeper in the country. On a totally different matter @ALL - just noticed WA has a couple of good new bowlers coming through. Coulter-Nile & Duffield are looking good & I notice (dissappointed) that Richardson of Sth Oz didn't get a go this week end. Shame - he looks a likely prospect.

  • David on February 10, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    @Meety, the keeper in the australian test team has to be able to score runs at a good rate as the aussie selectors insist on having them #7 & therefore they're often batting with the tail. neville hasn't shown to date he's capable of that & hasn't shown much at all in the limited overs competitions. then again if he keeps scoring as he is then all bets are off for the batting position of the keeper. as for siddle moving up the order, i can't see him getting himself above Johnson, or Hauritz if he returns, although that reverse sweep was the best shot i've seen from a tail ender.

  • Andrew on February 10, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    @Okakaboka - alot of Vics are putting Wade forward. I have my eye on Neville (fmr Vic), who plays for NSW, he looks the goods. The best Wicket Keeper in the country IMO is Hartley of QLD. He has improved his batting over the last 2 or 3 years as well. He never seems to get much recognition. You may be right about Krezja - but I'm going to back him (fingers crossed), that he'll do the job. There was no other frontline options - unless they went for Beer again (make for good headlines), or maybe O'Brien. THey could of really gone back to the future with a bloke I used to think was fantastic in 50/50 domestic cricket - Dan Cullen! Where has he been for the last 2 years? I honestly think that Cric Oz should look @ a NT side playing out of Darwin. The pitch is a dull Indian type - this is good as it would be great practise for Indian tours & it would also mean regular 1st class games for spinners. We have good spinners - they just don't get a go, often enough in helpful conditions!!!!!

  • Hector on February 10, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    @Meety....Yes, Siddle at number 6...um...er....He would have to become a little...er..a lot stronger outside off stump. I know you jest as I did about Maxwell. I just know the Krejza decision was wrong in every sense. I don't know how much you saw of Krejza's bowling when he got 12 wickets in that test but MOST wickets were batsmens errors....probably almost bored with the length of their innings. I just see a wayward spinner who gets wickets almost accidentally. In his last test he looked dreadful...just looked incapable of getting a wicket. For once, the selectors made the correct call. I agree on Cutting and Lynn. Young Pattinson could be really good but I think he needs to do what Siddle did regarding fitness. Funny how things turn....Watson and Siddle looked by far the fittest Athletes in our Cricket team this summer. Wade is getting better very quickly...I'm convinced he should be the new keeper/batsman next summer....Shame Bailey isn't a few years younger.

  • Dummy4 on February 10, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    Score card says Siddle bowled 11 overs. Misprint ?

  • Andrew on February 10, 2011, 2:32 GMT

    @ Dr.Qwert - actually think that Cutting & Lynn are better prospects than McDermott form QLD! You are right though - very good to see. @Okakaboka - re:Krezja - bit harsh there mate. Whilst Maxwells assault on the Tassies was undoubtably brilliant, his offies haven't been used much at all, so I think I will back Crazy Krezja for the time being. The way Siddle batted in the Ashes AND in this game - maybe he is our next allrounder batting @ #6??????

  • David on February 9, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    1st bowl of the last over was a 2. but that is an amazing win. love the bushrangers & it's great to see such a strong domestic comp & young players doing damage. Pattinson, Hill, Maxwell, Wade from Victoria, Faulkner from Tas, Maddinson, Copeland, Cummins from NSW, Beaton from WA, McDermitt Qld you wouldn't be surprised to see them play for australia in the next 5 years or so. the future of australian cricket really isn't looking too bad. on a different note Hodge seems to be a little out of touch at the moment, didn't score many runs in the Big Bash & didn't really look likely today. looking forward to see Vics take on NSW in the shield in a bit over a week.

  • Hector on February 9, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    Yes, Maxwell was fantastic....He may have been a better spin option than Krejza. Yes, I no what you are thinking.....But Maxwell can bat.....What is the probability that he would bowl less half trackers than Krejza?...Pretty high I reckon. So therefore he would have been better...Yes, yes... So would have O'Keefe, Doherty, Holland, Sam Stickyfingers, etc. Pete Siddle was also a hero for Victoria...Well done mate... You are a true professional. Unlike our dipstick useless Selectors who cost us the Ashes and WILL cost us the World Cup.

  • Alex on February 9, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    Maxwell once hit 22 off one over (well the four balls that he faced) I bowled in under 14's. Knowing that maxwell does this to everone makes me feel alot better. That and the fact he's doing it for the bushrangers (can't hate a bloke who wins us the top of the table clash)

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