Tasmania v Queensland, Sheffield Shield, Hobart, 4th day February 20, 2012

Cowan, Bailey secure win for Tasmania

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tasmania 260 and 2 for 163 (Cowan 77*, Bailey 57*) beat Queensland 205 and 215 (Cutting 66*, Butterworth 4-45) by 8 wickets

Ed Cowan and George Bailey have kept Tasmania firmly in the race to make the Sheffield Shield final after they steered the Tigers to victory over Queensland in Hobart. Tasmania were set 161 on the fourth day and they comfortably reached their target with only two wickets down, with Cowan undefeated on 77 and Bailey on 57 when the winning runs came.

The Bulls added only 14 runs to their overnight total to be dismissed for 215 when Luke Butterworth claimed his fourth wicket, with Ben Cutting left unbeaten on 66. Despite the early loss of the opener Steve Cazzulino for 9 and the departure of Alex Doolan for 13, Tasmania cruised to victory within 44 overs.

Cowan's work completed a fine match for him after he scored 82 in the first innings, while Bailey showed no ill effects of a quick mid-match trip to Brisbane to cover for the injured Michael Clarke in Australia's ODI squad. The win pushed Tasmania up to third on the Shield table, only two points behind Queensland and four behind the competition leaders Western Australia.

It has been a disappointing fortnight for the Bulls, who were unbeaten in their first six matches of the campaign but have now lost their past two games, to the Warriors and the Tigers. With two rounds left, the top four sides can all still reach the decider, with only New South Wales and South Australia out of the running.

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  • Garry on February 20, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Great win by Tassie, Cowan and Bailey continuing their good form. Bird has had an outstanding season so far in FC but for consistency Luke Butterworth is my pick. Would have liked to see him get a crack in the ODI side instead of Harris who I'd like to see kept more for tests. Also great win to WA over NSW, well more a hiding. Liam Davis has certainly done well with his 3rd ton of the year and good to see Voges (the forgotten man) get a good score too. I put Voges and Bailey in that same bracket as good enough to play for Australia but not sure if they'll get the chance as they tend to get looked over for guys like Forrest (who has done well). I'd wish the the NSP would make the hard decision on Haddin for tests too, just pick Wade for the WI tour and pick a 2nd keeper like Nevill. With Paine injured Wade is now No1 keeper and to stick with Hadds good servant that he's been is wasting time. They called the end of Punter's ODI career (congrats Punter on career there), do the same 4 Brad

  • $$ milind on February 20, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Common Tasmania win the Shiefield Shield...........

  • Roo on February 20, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Another great performance by the Tassie Tigers... Really standing up towards the end of the season & now have a real chance of being in both finals in domestic cricket... Really shows up the over rated Test players in NSW whom were comprehensively disgraced at the WACA - their worst performance in over 80 years... Its time to move the Sheffield Shield to Sept-Dec & make all Test players play at least 10 domestic games so their true form can be compared to those outside the Oz Test squad...

  • Andrew on February 20, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    QLD had half a chance until these 2 saw them off. It was shaping like a repeat of the QLD v WA match where WA nearly blew a superficially simple run chase. This was much tougher. Well done Taswegians! @zenboomerang - wherever you are take note "...Bailey showed no ill effects of a quick mid-match trip to Brisbane to cover for the injured Michael Clarke in Australia's ODI squad..." Silly selectors! LOL!!!!

  • Tim on February 20, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    Ed Cowan solid again. Any pressure he had to be on a plane to West Indies is gone. He's easily outperforming Marsh, Khawaja, Warner and Watson at the moment. George Bailey also made a good contribution today and could be in line for an ODI debut.

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