Hussey leads Vics to easy win
A superb century from David Hussey has guided Victoria to a comfortable 35-run victory over Tasmania in the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash match at Bellerive Oval on Sunday afternoon.
Hussey was in devastating form, smashing 22 off one Xavier Doherty over on his way to an unbeaten 100 off just 46 balls, which included 12 fours and three sixes.
Hussey received good support from Cameron White, who chimed in with a solid 24, while Aiden Blizzard (21) and Rob Quiney (23) laid the foundations after Brad Hodge was dismissed for five.
Tasmania never got going in its mammoth run chase, losing opener Michael Dighton for a duck in the first over.
Dighton tried to clip one through the onside, but was bowled by fast bowler Dirk Nannes.
Nannes struck again in the third over when George Bailey (seven) swept straight to Damien Wright at mid-on, who took a great diving catch to his right to leave the hosts struggling at 2-12.
Rhett Lockyear (26), Travis Birt (58) and Daniel Marsh (21) gave the hosts some hope, and at one stage they were 3-114 with eight overs left, but Andrew McDonald eliminated any chance of victory with two wickets in one over as the Tigers were eventually bowled out for 168 in the 19th over.
Hussey showed that he could have an impact with the ball as well, enticing Jason Krejza down the track, which left Ian Crosthwaite with a simple stumping, before combining with Wright to remove the dangerous Brendan Drew (25).
McDonald (3-32) and Wright (3-34) were the leading wicket takers, while Nannes (2-20) and Hussey (2-36) chipped in with two each.
Earlier, the Tigers got off to a cracking start when Hodge top-edged a wide Gerard Denton delivery in the third over that flew down to Dighton at third man.
Blizzard made a quickfire 21 off 17 balls before he sliced one to Birt who took an excellent catch off the bowling of Ben Hilfenhaus, leaving the visitors at 2-42.
Quiney came and went after he lofted Krejza straight to Birt at mid-off, who easily took his second catch of the afternoon.
That brought White to the crease and he and Hussey took apart the Tassie bowlers, in particular Doherty who finished with the unenviable figures of 0-58 from his four overs.
White was eventually dismissed by Drew, but the damage had been done as Hussey and McDonald (22) kept the scoreboard ticking over in the final overs.
Dumped Test spinner Krejza was the pick of the Tasmanian bowlers with 1-23 from his four overs.
Denton (2-37), Hilfenhaus (1-40) and Drew (1-40) were the other wicket takers.