Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Orange Report III vs. Victoria

It was again a rain soaked evening to meet Ryan ten Doeschate at Bellerive in Hobart . And with the match delayed for 30minutes as the ground staff cleared the water logged pitch, the out field was looking slow and neither team looked interested in batting first. Tasmania had a welcome boost in the bowling department with Ben Hilfenhaus returning from National duty and his swinging ball would be handy in these uncertain conditions. Even in these conditions you still had favour the champions of this format Victoria , also with Peter Siddle on return and Dwayne Bravo in the ranks.

Winning the toss Tasmania sent Victoria in to taste the wet conditions, having lost time at the start the match would be reduced to15 over’s. With Victoria thrown in it was up to Tasmania to make the decision count, and with Xavier ‘remember me’ Doherty taking a wicket in the first over, and Hilfenhaus followed up with another in 2nd, Victoria 7/2 and Maxwell and Hodge in the warmth it was now left up to new recruit Prior to build something with Wade. This didn’t last long as 2 over’s later Naved-ul-Hasan got another breakthrough getting Wade to feather an edge. The English Patient and Calypso King started again to get the Vic’s on track as they had dropped to 22/3.

Ryan ten Doeschate had been given the night off at The Gabba, not seeing the ball and struggling with the bat. A chance for redemption as he was handed the ball in the 8th over, but bowling to a strong veteran in Prior was not going to be easy. The English keeper cut his first ball for 2, and then smashed his next for 6, before rubbing it in as he nudged him for 4. Finally a slower ball got Prior off strike only to leave the Dutchman with 2 balls to Bravo. A great 5th ball had Bravo defending strong, yet it didn’t end well another 4 struck by Bravo left ten Doeschate licking his wounds with a 17 run over, and the ball given back to Hilfenhaus.

The 11th over saw Jason ‘the other spinner’ Krejza finally stopping Prior on 51 with a caught and bowled. Krejza also was able to dislodge Calypso King Bravo for 22 and Quiney in the same over to suddenly swing the power back in Tasmania ’s favour, Victoria now into the tail at 103/6 with 3 over’s remaining. A great last couple of over’s by Naved, herald two wickets as the Victorians are restricted to 8 for 107. Matt Prior was a great signing getting 51 from 29. Krejza and Naved bowled well to take three wickets each at the death. Ryan ten Doeschate 17 run over saw him again as spectator in the field as he continues to struggle in the wet conditions Australia has had since the start of the Big Bash.

Tasmania started the chase well, Lockyear and Wells moving to 49 before the loss of Lockyear. With Tassie well ahead of the required run rate it all looked a bit of a formality as they batted well to finish Victoria off with 4 over’s to spare. Great win for the Tigers. They bowled and fielded brilliantly to restrict the Bushrangers to 8 for 107 and then Wells and Bailey have raced to the victory target in just 11.3 over’s. Wells played really well as a stand-in opener for the absent Tim Paine. His 51no off 33 balls featured some outstanding stroke play and he was supported firstly by Rhett Lockyear and then by the skipper George Bailey.

Tasmania find themselves top of the league with 2 wins from 3. Ryan ten Doeschate has only featured heavily in the first match against WA. The conditions it must say have not been favourable for the overseas professional, with an 8 day break now until the next match against NSW on the 19th, we here at the Cricket Observer hope he starts to get some much needed form back. Having spent the last few months travelling from England to Zimbabwe , New Zealand and now Australia plying his trade you know that the big scores are only just around the corner.

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