Tasmania v WA, Sheffield Shield, Hobart, 3rd day March 10, 2012

Tasmania win through to Shield final

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tasmania 363 and 2 for 21 beat Western Australia 142 and 241 (Ronchi 71, Bird 6-63, Faulkner 4-50) by 8 wickets

Jackson Bird capped off his remarkable debut Sheffield Shield season with a hat-trick that helped Tasmania secure a place in the final against Queensland. The Bulls will host the Tigers after both sides won in the final round of matches, Tasmania by eight wickets having been set 20 for victory in their second innings.

By that stage Tasmania's quotient was so good that to be in any danger of missing out on a place in the decider had to lose at least six wickets in the tiny chase. Although the Tigers lost both openers Ed Cowan and Steve Cazzulino they reached their target with only two wickets down to give Tasmania a chance to defend their Shield title at the Gabba.

The win was set up by wonderful bowling from Bird in both innings. He collected 6 for 63 in the second innings and 11 wickets for the match to finish the qualifying portion of the Shield season on top of the wicket tally with 48 at 15.75, an outstanding tally considering he missed three games and only made his debut in November.

Bird's hat-trick began with the wicket of Nathan Rimmington, who played on trying to cut on 28. The next wicket came from the first ball of Bird's next over and was the lbw of Luke Ronchi, who top scored for the Warriors with 71 in what will be his last match for Western Australia having announced his decision to pursue a career as a local player in New Zealand next summer.

Bird completed the hat-trick with Jason Behrendorff lbw for a golden duck and joined Peter Clough and Shane Jurgensen as the only men to have taken a Shield hat-trick for Tasmania. James Faulkner also picked up 4 for 50 in the victory.

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  • Graeme on March 12, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    I saw Bird bowl for an over at the end of SA's innings in the Ryobi Cup Final. He has a really good action that should stand up under pressure and looked to be bowling about 135kms. Not sure if that's as quick as he gets. Just one query: When Bird took his hat trick, did all the ducks line up?

  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Bravo Tigers! Knock over the Bulls in the Final!

  • Roo on March 12, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    @Busie1979... Yes Bird is a great bowler in the right conditions - the Gabba should suit his style (hasn't bowled here yet in SS)... Watching him in Tassie, he is a med-fast bowler with exceptional line & length - hits the corridor all day long... A v.g. exponent of reverse swing & like Butterworth would be good to see in UK conditions... If he doesn't get nervious in the final I expect he will be in the hunt for wkts again... Looks like cloudy & showers for the SS final so Tiger bowlers will welcome the conditions... (posted this 2 days ago...)

  • Andrew on March 12, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    I have to laugh, apart from a couple of still photos accompanying articles on Bird, nobody seems to have seen the guy bowl, (me too!). A bloke racking up nearly 50 FC wickets in 7 games - you'd think 1/2 the country would of seen him bowl by now! I wonder where he sits in the minds of the selectors???? For mine in 7 games - he has come from nowhere to be in our top 10 pacers, but whether that is level with say Starc on the pecking order or with Cutting & Coulter-Nile, I dunno. Assuming he doesn't make the touring squad to the WIndies, I'll be VERY interested to see how his 2nd Shield season pans out.

  • Michael on March 12, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    An outstanding debut season from Bird - very similar (though better) than Copeland a few years ago. If he keeps it up, and doesn't have second-season syndrome, he could well push for higher honours. Has anyone seen him bowl? Hope he doesn't have Copeland's 'lack of pace' to get in the way of people's thinking.

  • Peterincanada on March 10, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    @ajayrcs - "Forget Bird" Are you serious? 48 wickets @15.75 is outstanding. He deserves some consideration since none of the current Aus pacemen have numbers that have been anything like this.

  • Ajay on March 10, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    Forget Bird, Does anyone knows Ponting last 3 innings score? He missed 2 centuries in International arena as a result Kallis get away from him with 1 ton. I am not able to watch Ponting's batting thanks to Cricket Australia. I will make sure to them that they will lose one Fan.

  • Nick on March 10, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Has anyone seen this guy bowl? I haven't but his stats are incredible. An outside chance for Windies Test series?

  • Jason on March 10, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Congratulations to Tasmania!!! Been following you guys the past few rounds and you're a damn impressive side... hope Ricky is selected and you & he have a successful final... Oh, and that Bird looks the find of the century!!! Best Regards An Insomniac Pom

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