Bushrangers win Ryobi One-Day Cup
Feb 27, 2011
Victoria's domestic one-day final hoodoo has ended after an emphatic 85-run win over Tasmania in Sunday's Ryobi Cup decider at the MCG.
Needing 195 for victory in a rain-affected match reduced to 38 overs per side, the Tigers were skittled for just 109 as the Bushrangers ended a run of four consecutive limited-over finals defeats.
Seasoned bowlers Dirk Nannes and Mark Cleary were the home side's standout performers.
Nannes claimed the man-of-the-match award with figures of 3-29 from 10 overs, while former South Australian all-rounder Cleary warranted his selection ahead of spinner Jon Holland by taking 3-32.
Only the irrepressible Ed Cowan, who faced 68 balls for his 32 not out, was able to stave off the home side's attack for an extended period, while captain George Bailey (27) was the only other Tigers batsman to reach double figures.
Bailey's dismissal was a key moment of the final and came just as Tasmania had appeared to put themselves in the box seat at 2-54 in reply to Victoria's initial 20-over score of 3-75.
The Tigers skipper skied a catch off Victorian counterpart Andrew McDonald at mid-off and his exit engineered a collapse that saw Tasmania lose 3-1.
Travis Birt fell victim of a disastrous run-out three balls later for a duck and when Rhett Lockyear was caught behind by Matthew Wade off Mark Cleary, the Tigers were in trouble at 5-55.
Tasmania then lost James Faulkner two balls before the 20-over break and were 6-73 when they resumed, chasing Victoria's 194 total.
The Bushrangers, who added a further 119 runs to their midway total of 3-75, were propelled by a fine 61 from Brad Hodge.
Hodge took Luke Butterworth for 19 off an over early in the second stanza and during his 69-ball stay hit seven boundaries and two sixes.
Victoria lost their last seven wickets for 73 runs with the Bushrangers batsmen going down swinging throughout their innings.
Rob Quiney was a case in point, hitting Brendan Drew for back-to-back sixes before he holed out to Rhett Lockyear at deep square leg for 18 off 10 balls.
Skipper Andrew McDonald and Evan Gulbis took the score to 169 until Ben Hilfenhaus dismissed both in the space of two balls.
McDonald, who was limping with the effects of a calf injury, was taken by Drew at deep cover before the Test paceman produced a jaffa of a delivery to get Gulbis caught behind by Tom Triffitt for 15.
The rookie wicketkeeper then produced a diving effort to catch James Pattinson off Faulkner's bowling for a duck and the pair teamed up to get the dangerous Glenn Maxwell (9).
Faulkner then picked up the final wicket of Cleary to finish with 4-20 from 5.4 overs, while Drew (3-36) and Hilfenhaus (2-57) were also among the wickets.
Tasmania needed 6.83 runs per over for the final 18 overs with four wickets in hand to win and were soon in more trouble thanks to the dynamic duo of Nannes and Cleary.
Nannes bowled Luke Butterworth (7) to make it 7-83 and one run later Cleary had Triffitt caught by Rob Quiney at short fine-leg.
Drew and Cowan put on 15 before he became Cleary's second wicket before Siddle capped a topsy-turvy performance by bowling Doherty to spark jubilant scenes for the Bushrangers.