Monday, January 24, 2011

Orange Report V - vs. South Australia

With a return to form in the loss to NSW, ten Doeschate and Tasmania were greeted with a good conditions and the same wicket used for the ODI as they were paired up in a top of the table clash with south Australia. Tasmania won the toss, and of course chose to bat.

It was an early walk to the wicket for ten Doeschate, as Tasmania lost quick wickets 3/31 at the end of the 5th. Starting slowly the Dutchman worked the ball to fielders, finding his batting cramped by the South Australian spinners. After 10 overs Ryan ten Doeschate had 7 runs from 18 balls, not exactly lighting it up. Tasmania and found themselves in deep trouble at this point 55/5 after 10 overs.

The Dutchman seeing the need for runs before he ran out of partners started to play his shots against Christian, taking 6 from his over and a further 5 from Borgas. The big hitting would be his undoing in the end as he tried to sweep Rashid, hitting him hard and flat into the hands of Aiden Blizzard, scoring 22 from 30 balls. Not his biggest score, but he would be Tasmania’s leading runs scorer as they were strangled by SA, never getting a partnership going Tasmania had left South Australia a poultry 110 to chase.

It was all too easy for South Australia; they chased the score losing only the single wicket of Klinger, as Blizzard & Harris raced to the total in 11.3 overs, finishing the Tigers off with a 6 over long on. South Australia was clinical and ruthless in the chase, showing why they are top of the Big Bash table. Tigers are still in the play-off spots, but will have to recover quickly for Thursdays match against Western Australia.

Despite not bowling again, Ryan ten Doeschate walked away as the best of a bad match for Tasmania, and now seems to have settled his batting into the line-up. While not lighting it up as of yet, there is more confidence in his strokes.

Stay tuned to Cricket Observer for further Orange Reports.

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