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Hobart, January 04, 2008, KFC Twenty20
(19.5/20 ov, T:158) 161/5

Tasmania won by 5 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)

Player Of The Match
54 (38)

Ervine inflicts first Twenty20 loss on Victoria

Tasmania and Western Australia were the winners in the latest round of KFC Twenty20 matches

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George Bailey's half-century guided Tasmania to victory and the top of the Twenty20 table © Getty Images
Western Australia 5 for 187 (Ervine 56*) beat Victoria 9 for 186 (Hodge 45) by five wickets
Sean Ervine helped Western Australia become the first team to beat Victoria in a Twenty20 match, pushing them past the Bushrangers' 186 with nine balls to spare. Ervine remained unbeaten on 56 from 34 deliveries after the Warriors' top order made a quick start to the hefty chase. Clinton McKay came in for some harsh treatment, finishing with 0 for 50 from his three overs as Luke Pomersbach belted 39 from 22 balls and Luke Ronchi struck 26 from 11. Shaun Marsh then added a handy 35 as Victoria's second-string attack could not stem the flow. The Bushrangers had looked on target to remain undefeated from all their matches in three seasons of Twenty20 when Brad Hodge's 45 guided them to 9 for 186. But the Perth crowd got its money's worth with 373 runs scored in three hours of play.
Tasmania 5 for 161 (Bailey 54) beat New South Wales 8 for 157 (Haddin 49, Hilfenhaus 3-28) by five wickets
George Bailey's second consecutive half-century pushed Tasmania across the line as they chased down New South Wales' 157 with one ball to spare in Hobart. Bailey rattled up a quick 54 from 38 balls, including three sixes, but fell with 18 needed from the final three overs. Dan Marsh made 24 not out and got his side over the line following Michael Dighton's solid start - he made 29 before he was the first of Doug Bollinger's two victims. The Blues's run-rate eased when Ben Hilfenhaus collected three wickets from seven balls at the top of the order, including Simon Katich for 6. Brad Haddin steadied with 49, taking 41 balls to get there, while Moises Henriques (28) and David Warner (31) chipped in.
Match abandoned Queensland v South Australia
Persistent rain meant Queensland's game against South Australia at the Gabba was abandoned without a ball being bowled. The showers eased and the umpires wanted five overs per side - the Bulls won the toss and would have batted - but the weather turned bad again and both sides were denied their first victory of the season.

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