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.