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Tigers still alive after beating the Blues

The Tasmania Tigers have kept alive their chances of claiming this year's KFC Twenty20 Big Bash title after beating NSW by 28 runs at ANZ Stadium.

After being sent in by Blues skipper Simon Katich, Tasmania compiled an impressive 7-194 from their 20 overs with in-form opener Rhett Lockyear smashing 51 off just 29 deliveries.

Doug Bollinger (2-32), Mark Cameron (2-45) and Aaron Bird (2-40) all took two wickets for NSW.

The home side was then never really in the hunt, losing regular wickets to only manage 8-166 in reply, with Moises Henriques' 42 off 25 balls the Blues' best.

NSW could have almost certainly ensured a spot in the finals with a win, but now sit alongside Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania on four points with one game remaining.

They are all chasing competition heavyweights Victoria, who are out in front on six points with just one loss and are the Blues' last opponent in the preliminary round.

The first-placed team qualifies automatically for the decider, with the second and third-placed teams to meet in a preliminary final.

Tasmania's 7-194 was the second highest total in the competition this season, although a score well over 200 seemed a real possibility after the visitors raced to 1-139 from 12 overs.

The Blues fought back well, taking 4-10 from just 10 balls at one stage to leave themselves needing 9.75 runs per over for victory.

NSW could have done with the services of David Warner at the top of the order in their run chase but the youngster is in Brisbane preparing for Tuesday night's second Twenty20 match against South Africa.

That left Henriques opening the batting alongside Katich and they put on 40 for the first wicket before the Blues captain was caught by Xavier Doherty off debutant Chris Duval's bowling for 18.

Henriques, who has signed with the Kolkata Knight Riders for this year's Indian Premier League, smashed five boundaries from Mark Divin's opening over as the Blues tried to chase the imposing total.

But Henriques tried one slog too many, caught in the deep by Lockyear as NSW slipped to 2-64 in the seventh over.

The Blues needed a high-scoring partnership to remain in the hunt but it never eventuated with Jason Krejza taking 3-23 for the visitors.

source - foxsports.com.au
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