Redbacks cruise to victory over Tigers
Adil Rashid and Nathan Lyon picked up three wickets a piece to help the West End Redbacks cruised to a 9 wicket victory over the Tasmanian Tigers at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart.
The spinners tore through the Tigers top order to leave the Redbacks needing just 111 runs to all but guarantee them a place in the KFC t20 Big Bash final.
Despite the loss of Michael Klinger (0) in the first over the Redbacks made light work of the run chase completing a comprehensive victory with almost 8 overs to spare.
With a run rate of just 5.5 needed the Redbacks got off to a poor start losing Klinger at the end of the first over after he caught by wicket keeper Travis Brit off the bowling of Ben Hilfenhaus.
Despite the early loss of their skipper; Daniel Harris (66) and Aiden Blizzard (36) saw the Redbacks to victory against a clawless Tigers bowling attack line up.
The pair smashed 11 fours and 3 sixes during a 2nd wicket partnership of 106 which sealed an easy victory for the Redbacks with Harris leading the way as he registered his 6th KFC t20 Big Bash half century.
Having won the toss the Tigers got off to a disastrous start losing three wickets during the power play overs as they slumped to just 30-3 after losing Mark Cosgrove (8), George Bailey (1) and Jonathan Wells (9) inside the first 4.2 overs.
The Redbacks spinners lead the way with Adil Rashid and Nathan Lyon both picking up a wicket while 19 year old fast bowler Kane Richardson picked up the key wicket of Bailey who dragged a shot onto his stumps.
Despite the loss of three early wickets Travis Brit remained positive but he could only add 15 runs before he was spectacularly caught by Aaron O’Brien who’s one handed catch in the covers gave Lyon his second wicket of the night.
Worst was to follow after Rhett Lockyear (5) was stumped by Graham Manou two overs later as the Tigers stumbled to just 49-5 despite Bailey’s decision to bat first.
With wickets falling around him Dutch international Ryan ten Doeschate offered some resistant’s with a pedestrian 22 from 30 deliveries but with the run rate dropping to just 5.6 an over ten Doeschate tried to sweep Rashid but was caught by Aiden Blizzard at square leg.
Having shared a 27 run partnership with ten Doeschate, Luke Butterworth (14) quickly followed after he was bowled by Rashid at the start of the 15th over to leave the Tigers 81-7.
James Faulkner (2) quickly followed before tail enders Naved-ul-Hasan (15) and Jason Krejza (9) throw caution to the wind adding 23 valuable runs during a 9th wicket partnership which helped the Tigers reach 107-9.
Naved-ul-Hasan’s resistant’s was soon brought to an end through after he dragged a delivery from Daniel Christian onto his own stumps to end the innings as the Tigers joint second highest scorer.
With the break through made the Tigers sorry innings was brought to an end an over later when Ben Hilfenhaus (2) was run out at the start of the final over to leave the Redbacks needing just 111 for victory.