Saturday, January 8, 2011
Orange Report II – vs. Queensland
A very soggy and wet evening met Tasmania , There has been so much rain in Queensland recently and Brisbane has not been spared. The Bulls have had to train indoors for weeks. James hopes won the toss and elected to bat, going with the theory that it will be easy to chase a rain effected target, and can adapt the batting better.
And a good choice it was to bowl first, with the ball moving around on the soggy deck, Cosgrove was dropped first ball. Queensland got Paine early on an inside edge onto the stumps in the 2nd over, and Lockyear joined him in the sheds 2 over’s later with a hint more movement off the seam. Tasmania were struggling in the conditions at 29/2 off 5 over’s, it didn’t help them trying to push the rate either as Cosgrove found his large lunch effecting his speed as he was run out, and Birt suffered the same fate.
In came our man Ryan ten Doeschate, with Tasmania 46/4 after 8, the overseas recruit needed to settle the innings and get the runs flowing. A short wide ball was guided to third man for a single and he was off the mark first ball. The following ball back of a length and edged, to his surprise and many others at the Gabba Ben Dunk dropped a peach. A life was gained from the now nervous Dutchman, it wasn’t long, and in fact it was the very next ball. A slower thigh height full toss from Neser, Doeschate tried to turn to leg, got a leading edge and James Hopes taking a captains catch flung his right arm out diving away and pulled in a screamer. The Dutchman’s short stay was only 3 balls for a single run. Bailey hung around for a little longer notching a trying 37 and Faulkner helped out with a bottom order 24. 118 were not nearly enough runs, even in the adverse conditions, and some tight bowling would be required from the Tigers.
The weather was not great, yet playable for QLD. And Ryan ten Dosechate looking to make amends with the ball much in the same manner as he did against WA. Things started well for the Tigers removing Lumb & Simpson early. Then entered Hopes, with not a big total to chase at home, the captain went about it quickly striking the often wide deliveries of Drew and Xavier Doherty (remember him) for boundaries. At one point Hopes had 5 four’s in an over against Drew, and was punishing the lack of direction of Tasmania . At the 10 over mark QLD were in control with a loss of only 2 wickets and 90 on the board, and still no sign of the Dutchman.
And for the remainder of the match the Dutchman would be a spectator, as QLD put on a clinic after losing two wickets early James Hopes and Lee Carseldine cruised to the victory target. Their partnership was 94 unbeaten off just 68 balls. Hopes was magnificent with 65 from 44.
Not a great showing from our man of the orange land, and both he and the team will be looking to put this behind them. With Victoria heading down to Tassie for the next match on the 11th of Jan. the confines of home could provide a better performance.
Check back here again on the 11th for the 3rd instalment of The Orange Report – Cricket Observer, The Unofficial Home of Ryan ten Doeschate.
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