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Blues trounce Tigers in Twenty20 encounter

Tasmania set up an easy run chase but failed to consolidate as New South Wales cruised to an easy berth in the domestic Twenty20 final at Bellerive Oval.

Tasmania set up an easy run chase but failed to consolidate as New South Wales cruised to an easy berth in the domestic Twenty20 final at Bellerive Oval today.

The Tigers needed 189 runs to win the match but made only 119, despite a barracking home crowd and cheerleaders performing at the end of every over.

Tasmania struggled from the start with Travis "Edgar" Birt and captain Michael "Diva" Di Venuto both out for ducks.

It was a mistake he was not willing to make twice, however, and when Anderson hit the same shot the next ball, Phillips was waiting.

Catch of the match was taken by Ian "Scotty" Moran, who ousted Tubb with a stunning one-hander on the mid-wicket boundary.

The Tigers' paltry total followed a disappointing fielding session, which allowed Blues openers Phil "Pro" Jaques and Daniel "Barney" Smith to combine for a 90-run partnership by the ninth.

Smith (28 off 22) was dropped on one by Tasmanian captain Michael Di Venuto, while Jaques got away with two easy misses on seven and 41.

By the 10th over, they were barely maintaining the pace at six for 72.

And with the loss of Shannon "Stubbo" Tubb (10 off nine balls) in the next over, not even 18 Wonder Women - who performed during the innings break - could save them.

The last four batsmen put on only 40 runs, leaving the home side all out for 119 in only 17.3 overs.

Tasmania's top performer was Xavier "X" Doherty, who made 33 off 29 balls, with one four and two sixes before being bowled by Aaron "Birdy" Bird (1-2).

Dane "Angry" Anderson also performed well, scoring 27 off 14 balls with four fours and one six before a suicidal shot in the seventh over.

Anderson survived a near-miss early in the over after Stephen "SP" Phillips dropped an easy catch at long-on.

source - foxsports.com.au
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