Tasmania v South Australia, ING Cup, Hobart

Tigers meet Redbacks at Bellerive

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October 31, 2003

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Tasmania and South Australia will battle for cricket redemption at Bellerive Oval tomorrow after both suffered first-round losses in the ING Cup.

Tigers coach Brian McFadyen today said he had left the line-up unchanged after last weekend's four-wicket loss to Queensland at the Gabba.

"We felt we played some good cricket throughout," he said.

"We were really happy with our later order batting, our fielding and the pressure we were able to apply with the ball."

However, a "bit better effort" from the top order batsmen was needed to pull the hometeam through.

Only two of the Tigers top seven - captain Dan Marsh and Sean Clingeleffer - managed to crack the 30-run mark last week.

"If we can play five or 10 per cent better this week, I am sure we will have a good day," McFadyen said.

South Australian skipper Greg Blewett said the only change to the Redback's line-up was the inclusion of 19-year-old Mark Cosgrove.

The talented teenager replaces the injured Mick Miller, who strained his shoulder while bowling during the Pura Cup win against the Western Warriors at the WACA last week.

The former Queensland all-rounder is expected to be out of action for up to a fortnight.

Blewett said tomorrow's match was very important given the team's opening season ING Cup loss against WA last Friday.

The Redbacks went down by 99 runs.

"If we drop another one, it's going to be very hard work for the rest of the season," he said.

"The boys trained really well today. The motivation is very high at the moment."

He said the wicket at Bellerive was looking "very batsman friendly".

The Tigers and Redbacks will also face off in a Pura Cup match next week, starting on Monday.

TEAMS

South Australia: Greg Blewett (c), Mark Cleary, Mark Cosgrove, John Davison, Shane Deitz, Callum Ferguson, Andy Flower, Mark Higgs, Ben Johnson, Graham Manou, Paul Rofe, Shaun Tait.

Tasmania: Daniel Marsh (c), Shane Watson, Jamie Cox, Michael Di Venuto, Michael Dighton, Scott Kremerskothen, Sean Clingeleffer, Damien Wright, Xavier Doherty, Brett Geeves, Adam Griffith, Andrew Downton.

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