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Inspired Naved leads Tigers to victory

The Tasmanian Tigers won their first KFC Big Bash game of the season beating the Retravision Warriors by 17 runs at the Bellerive Oval to start 2010 on a high note.

The defeat for the Warriors leaves them bottom of the Big Bash table with two defeats, they are already losing ground in the race for the Champions League and will be hoping Chris Gayle will be fit for their next game on Tuesday.

The Warriors were set a total of 168 for victory, the Tigers were indebted to Travis Birt and Naved-ul-Hasan who's partnership of 74 runs brought the Tassie's back into the game.

Luke Ronchi (27) and Shaun Marsh (18) started the chase for the Warriors and enjoyed a partnership of 40 runs before Ronchi was caught by wicketkeeper Tim Paine of the bowling of Brendan Drew at the end of the third over.

The loss of Ronchi saw the Warriors wobble, Luke Pomersbach, returning from a 5 month suspension for drink driving was bowled by Drew for just 2.

Marsh followed soon after leaving the Warriors 54-3. Although Adam Voges (31), Mitchell Marsh (21) and Theo Doropoulos (18) kept the Warriors in the hunt a brillant spell of bowling from Naved-ul-Hasan changed the course of the game.

Naved-ul-Hasan ran out Marsh before trapping Drew Porter (0) and Ashley Noffkle (4) LBW. He ended his spell by bowling Doropoulos to leave the Tigers on course for the victory.

Earlier George Bailey won the toss for the Tigers and elected to bat first, he admitted the decision was based on the previous game at the Oval when the SpeedBlitz Blues batted first in their 31 run victory over the Tigers.

It was a decision which backfired as earlier as the second ball of the innings when Rhett Lockyear was caught by Brad Knowles of the bowling of Drew Porter.

The Tigers got deeper into trouble with the loss of Bailey and Tim Paine who were soon back in the pavilion with the score 38-3 after 4 overs.

Travis Birt started to rebuild the innings for the Tigers and despite the loss of Alex Doolan and Jason Krejza he managed to increase the Tigers run rate.

Birt was joined at the crease by Naved-ul-Hasan and the pair enjoyed a partnership of 74 runs which brought the Tigers back into the game.

Birt was finally dismissed for 54 after skying a catch to Mitchell Marsh off the bowling of Nathan Coulter-Nile but his partnership with Naved-ul-Hasan (47) helped give the Tigers bowlers something to defend.

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