Tigers cruise to victory at the WACA
The Tasmanian Tigers got their KFC t20 Big Bash campaign off to the perfect start thanks to a comprehensive 63 run victory over the Retravision Warriors at a packed WACA in Perth.
Over 14,500 spectators watched Tim Paine (71) and Travis Brit (43) get this years tournament got off to an explosive start as they helped the Tigers reach 189-6 after batting first on another perfect wicket at the WACA.
The pair recorded a third wicket stand of 86 to put the Tigers in control in Perth after Mick Lewis struck twice for the Warriors in the 5th over to disrupt the visitors.
Having seen Mark Cosgrove (13) and Rhett Lockyear (7) dismissed by the 36 year old former Australian international, Paine and Brit counter attacked in superb style smashing 3 fours and 7 sixes.
Their partnership was finally ended by Nathan Coulter-Nile in the 13th over after Brit (43) picked out Michael Swat at long off to end a tremendous innings, the 29 year old smashed 2 fours and 4 sixes during his innings which lasted just 22 deliveries.
Despite the loss of his partner, Paine (71) continued his blitz before his innings was brought to an end by Mick Lewis who picked up his third wicket of the night thanks to a stunning diving catch by Tom Beaten out on the long off boundary.
George Bailey (20) and Ryan ten Doeschate (20) added valuable runs for the visitors before Jason Krejza (2) and Naved-ul-Hasan (5) saw out the last 5 deliveries.
Faced with a run chase of 190 the Warriors got off to a poor start when they lost Shaun Marsh from just the 3rd delivery of the game after he was trapped LBW by Krejza.
Luke Pomersbach (7) and Luke Ronchi (12) quickly followed before the Tigers picked up the key wicket of big hitting West Indian international Chris Gayle in the 7th over.
Having thrilled the WACA crowd last year Gayle failed to get going before he was caught by Brit at backward point for just 22, giving ten Doeschate his second wicket in the space of 3 balls to leave the home side 45-4.
With wickets falling around him Warriors skipper Adam Voges (38) kept the Tigers at bay but with no support he finally succumbed in the 18th over which left the home side 122-8 and on course for a heavy defeat.