New South Wales find themselves in unfamiliar territory at the bottom of the table after they were beaten in their opening game of the JLT Cup by Western Australia. This might just give Tasmania some hope of defeating the back-to-back champions.
Yet to play a game in this years JLT One-Day Cup, Tasmania will be hoping to improve on last years efforts after they managed just the three wins for the tournament. They’ll be without last years captain Tim Paine who is currently in Australia’s T20 International squad to face India overseas, that means the Tigers will have to find a suitable replacement at the top of the order. Apart from that, Tasmania have a fairly-potent line-up that should excel particularity in the batting department, if all goes to plan they have a solid bowling structure that they can roll with – three specialist seamers, one all-rounder and a specialist spinner to make up the bowling attack. Despite losing to the Warriors, New South Wales bowlers managed to put together a pretty convincing performance which will test Tasmania despite possessing a strong top order, Ben Dunk is probably the one in the most danger given his aggressive nature early which saw him struggle on numerous occasions last year.
The Blues have started the past two One-Day tournaments like a house on fire, well their supremacy may have finally run out after the Warriors managed to narrowly edge them out of the contest stealing the win by nine runs. In all honesty, they didn’t do a lot wrong apart from falling centimeters short of victory after they were bowled out for 260 chasing Western Australia’s 269. Having had a relatively quiet previous two tournaments in the domestic One-Day Cup, seamer Gurinder Sandhu bounced back nicely with a four-wicket haul, although three of those four wickets were all tail-end batsmen which improved his figures by the end of the innings significantly. Harry Conway and Sean Abbott also picked up two wickets each along with Australian test spinner Nathan Lyon who was economical in his ten overs, picking up 1/38. A change in the Blues batting order this year saw Nic Maddinson jump up to open the batting and Ed Cowan slide down into the middle order, it certainly strengthened their core with three-consecutive fifties being scored in that middle order (Patterson 51, Henriques 72 & Cowan 53).
Players to watch…
Alex Doolan, last years leading run scorer for Tasmania with four 50+ scores in the Matador Cup will once again be required to manufacture some prominent performances with the willow. Surprisingly, Doolan has never scored a century in one-day cricket which is staggering given he led the Tigers so dominantly with the bat last year. Doolan’s powerful-striking ability will come into play against the Blue due to the long boundaries at the WACA, he’s a fluent ball striker who does a lot of damage finding the rope. 22-year-old Ben McDermott, A famous Australian surname in cricketing history has followed his fathers footsteps, but not in the bowling department like Craig. Ben was quickly-noticed by the entire country after he scored the second-highest score in BBL history with a blistering 114 off just 52 balls for the Hurricanes. With his striking ability, he’s one to watch out for in opening match against New South Wales. An all-rounder that can be relied upon to take wickets and dig his team out of ditch down the order, Simon Milenko is an underrated player who moved to Tasmania last year and managed to play his part in the side very efficiently. Don’t be surprised if Milenko claims a couple of big scalps with the ball in this upcoming match. Tigers quick Sam Rainbird is another one to look out for, he’s already taken a five-wicket haul in his 18 List A games and should be Tasmania’s most damaging wicket taker in this years tournament if he gets it right with the ball.
New South Wales
Sean Abbott started his 2017 JLT Cup campaign with a solid bowling performance, walking away with 2/54 & managing to pick up the big wickets of Bancroft and Turner for the Warriors. His consistency seems to be constantly improving making Abbott a reliable asset to have in the bowling department. It was an unfamiliar stint Moises Henriques produced with the ball, bowling just the two overs for thirteen runs. A very-reliable bowler, but does most of his work with the bat these days which certainly shown in his last outing against Western Australia where the Blues captain anchored the innings with a superb 72 scoring seven fours and a six in the process. If ever you wanted a batsman who dominates tournaments in this format of the game, it has to be the New South Wales skipper. Batting just below the man mentioned above is former Australian test opening batsman, Ed Cowan. Since his omission in the national squad, Cowan has become a domestic run scoring beast for New South Wales and has had his fair share of success in these types of one-day domestic cups. His 53 against the Warriors wasn’t all that fluent, but he’s the type of player who takes his time in his innings resulting in successive consistency, Ed Cowan is another huge prospect to dominate proceedings against his former state team. It may be to early to call, but Gurinder Sandhu looks back in business! The 24-year-old seam bowler has started this years JLT Cup remarkably with a four-wicket haul, can he back it up with another big haul against the Tigers?
Top 5 fantasy picks | Tasmania | JLT Cup | 6th match | Perth
- Alex Doolan
- George Bailey
- Simon Milenko
- Sam Rainbird
- Ben Dunk
Top 5 fantasy picks | New South Wales | JLT Cup | 6th match | Perth
- Moises Henriques
- Ed Cowan
- Sean Abbott
- Gurinder Sandhu
- Nic Maddinson
Tasmania (possible) – 1. Ben Dunk 2. Jordan Silk 3. Alex Doolan 4. George Bailey (c) 5. Ben McDermott 6. Jake Doran (wk) 7. Simon Milenko 8. Cameron Boyce 9. Sam Rainbird 10. Andrew Fekete 11. Jackson Bird.
New South Wales (possible) – 1. Daniel Hughes 2. Nic Maddinson 3. Kurtis Patterson 4. Moises Henriques (c) 5. Ed Cowan 6. Peter Nevill (wk) 7. Sean Abbott 8. Gurinder Sandhu 9. Nathan Lyon 10. Mickey Edwards/Doug Bollinger 11. Harry Conway.
Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
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