Victoria v Tasmania, Ryobi Cup final, Melbourne February 27, 2011

Victoria end title drought

The Bulletin by Andrew Fuss

Victoria ended a streak of four domestic one-day final losses by beating Tasmania at the MCG by 84 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method to lift the Ryobi Cup. Victoria recovered somewhat from a shaky start to post 194 and then proceeded to knock over the Tigers for 109, with Dirk Nannes and Mark Cleary picking up three wickets apiece.

The start of the match was delayed by half an hour because of a wet outfield and with the pitch retaining some moisture, Tasmanian captain George Bailey had no hesitation in sending the hosts in. His move seemed to have worked as the Tigers struck early to remove danger man Matthew Wade before rain delayed the match again for 45 minutes.

Victoria resumed with Brad Hodge (61 off 69 balls) in vintage form, crushing three boundaries in quick succession after the delay, but Brendan Drew (3 for 36) got the key wicket of Aaron Finch, and then dismissed Michael Hill as well as the Bushrangers limped to 3 for 75 off their first 20 overs with Brad Hodge and Andrew McDonald the not out men at the break.

The Tigers were keen to get off to a flyer in response, but Man-of-the-Match Dirk Nannes (3 for 29) struck twice early to remove openers Mark Cosgrove and Jonathan Wells. Peter Siddle was introduced to keep the pressure on but he had the opposite effect, with Bailey cracking three boundaries off his first over.

Bailey looked to be in fine touch until a moment of madness changed the course of the match when he was on 27, as he top-edged a pull shot off a length ball from McDonald. From there, Tasmania collapsed with Travis Birt (run out), Rhett Lockyear and James Faulkner all falling cheaply before the end of stage one to leave the visitors tottering on 6 for 73.

Hodge and McDonald resumed for the Bushrangers on a mission, taking 46 runs off the first four overs after lunch. Despite the wicket of Hodge, the hosts continued to score freely as they aimed to bat Tasmania out of the match, but suffered a batting collapse of their own, losing 5 for 25 to be all out for 194, giving Tasmania some hope of victory.

That hope was short lived though, as Nannes and Mark Cleary (3 for 32) finished the Tigers off in the 32nd over, with only Ed Cowan (32 off 68) offering any resistance.

The Ryobi Cup win marks the Bushrangers first Domestic One-Day Cup win since the 1998-99 season.

Andrew Fuss is a freelance writer based in Adelaide

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  • Dismayed on February 28, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    Go D.Nannes, I hope you get the ticket to the world cup. Should have been there in the first place.

  • Dr.Qwert on February 28, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    well deserved title having 3 of the top 4 run scorers of the year. however Nannes isn't what the aus team needs in the world cup. another bowler that can tear a team apart or go 7+ runs an over. the team could do worse than McDonald, he bowled well & you know what you get with him. strangthens the batting line-up as well although he is permanently carrying an injury this year. my tip would be Doherty, O'Keefe or Pattinson.

  • Rooboy on February 28, 2011, 0:54 GMT

    @whitesXI - wrong re Hussey. The ICC has recently said this move would be allowed, despite initially saying it was out of the question. So, as usual, even the governing body doesn't have too much idea of what's going on.

  • dummy4fb on February 28, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    Tasmania were a disgrace and I was ashamed as a Tasmanian. To keep Vic to 3-75 after 20 was good and then we were 2-54 after 14 overs. Then a self implosion losing 3-1. This happened two games ago and Tasmania keeps repeating this. Very, very poor. Did the same in T20 as well. I shudder to think what will happen in Shield final. Well done Victoria - congratulations for keeping your cool and playing a well thought out game.

  • boris6491 on February 27, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    Top win from the Bushrangers, they are without doubt Australia's premier domestic side. If the national selectors woke up to that, perhaps Australian cricket would be graced with the presence of players such as Hodge and Nannes who make this side so successful. It is just incomprehensible why these guys don't even get a look in. Age is not a factor, Australians have always favoured experience over youth.

  • whitesXI on February 27, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    @Wozza-CY Nannes has certainly done all he can to put himself in the selectors minds. I also like the irony of him previously playing for the netherlands in the WC, so he really does have experience on this stage. Should note that M Hussey cannot be chosen as a replacement because he was originally in the aus squad and was replaced himself

  • Wozza-CY on February 27, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    What price Nannes going to India to replace Bolly? There would be a lot of merit in it. Siddle will more than likely have another WC in him, Nannes won't. It would be replacing like for like i.e. tall left arm quick. It would maintain the balance of the squad in that regard. Nannes is very experienced, knows the conditions through his IPL experience and more importantly is familiar with the opponents through this time in the IPL and at Middlesex. He clearly performs in big games like this one & wouldn't let anyone down. It will be interesting to see which way the selectors go. If they pick Mussey, the only plausible reason would be to save face. Well done the Vics with some big players from their squad away.

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