Tasmania v New South Wales, Ryobi Cup, Hobart February 4, 2012

Bailey and Krejza set up Tasmania win

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Tasmania 7 for 231 (Bailey 94, Cosgrove 52, Coyte 6-60) beat New South Wales 230 (Khawaja 100, Krejza 6-55) by three wickets

Less than 24 hours after he captained Australia in a T20 at the MCG, George Bailey scored 94 to lead Tasmania to a Ryobi Cup win over New South Wales in Hobart. In a match full of outstanding individual performances, it was Bailey and Jason Krejza (6 for 55) who ended up on the winning side, while Usman Khawaja's century and Scott Coyte's six wickets went unrewarded for the Blues.

The major problem for New South Wales was that they failed to bat out their 50 overs after Khawaja gave them such a good start. Khawaja struck three sixes in his 100, including two consecutive ones over cover off Luke Butterworth, and he showed that he has plenty to offer in the limited-overs format, having now scored three centuries in his 16 one-day games.

But when Khawaja departed in the 34th over it led to a string of wickets as Krejza troubled the middle and lower orders with his flight and turn. Several of the New South Wales batsmen contributed to their own downfalls - four of Krejza's wickets were from catches in the deep - including Steven Smith, who chipped a catch to long-on for 45.

The Blues were bowled out in the 48th over for 230 but when Tasmania stumbled to 2 for 8 as Coyte began in fine fashion it seemed that maybe the target was good enough. However, Bailey and Mark Cosgrove (52) combined for an 82-run stand to put the Tigers back on track, Bailey anchoring the chase with his impressive strokeplay.

Coyte picked up 6 for 60 in what was comfortably a career best, initially troubling the top order with swing and later with some extra bounce and pace, but he needed support. Only one other bowler picked up a single wicket and the Tigers were able to cruise home with 31 balls to spare, with Butterworth at the crease on 42 and Brady Jones on 16, and it was enough for Tasmania to move to the top of the Ryobi Cup table.

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  • Alex on February 5, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    Different 'experimental' rules in Australia One-Day Domestic Cricket. Correct me if I am wrong (I am not 100% on the rule and can't really be bothered looking it up) but rather then 10ov bowlers can bowl a max of 13ov.

  • Michael on February 5, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    @Bazza112: Aren't they allowed 13 overs each now? Coyte was the only one taking wickets, so NSW obviously wanted to keep him on as long as possible.

  • Byron on February 5, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Does anyone know why Coyte bowled 12.5 overs?

  • Garry on February 5, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    Great to see the Ryobi Cup back. Some pretty impressive performances. Khawaja looked great after getting a life early (if he snicked a burger Cosgrove would have swallowed it - Cossie obviously doesn't take his cricket seriously other wise he'd be a heap thinner, fitter and agile which is a shame for his talent. Guys like Jaques have their careers cut down due to injury, Cossie's because he's too lazy, he needs a rocket). Krejza bowled well as did Coyte but was impressed again by Butterworth with both bat and ball and would still like to see him get an opportunity for higher honours, he'd be on the plane to the Ashes in UK in those conditions. Ben Laughlin was good as he has been all season and would love to see him get a crack in the aussie T20 and ODI side. Not sure if we need to risk Harris for this series. Nice to see Bailey get some runs too, some sections have been a bit harsh on his T20 captaincy selection but give him a little time although I was surprised on the decision too.

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