Alstonvilles Brendan Drew, second from left, celebrate Tasmanias Ford Ranger Cup one-day final win over Victoria with team-ma
Alstonvilles Brendan Drew, second from left, celebrate Tasmanias Ford Ranger Cup one-day final win over Victoria with team-ma

Drew One-Day winner

Adam Hicks sport@northernstar.com.au A NERVOUS Brendan Drew walked to the crease with Tasmania needing four runs to beat Victoria in the Ford Ranger Cup final at Bellerive Oval.

The former Alstonville fast-bowler faced five balls and left two minutes later, gone for a duck.

That left Tasmania at 9-128 needing 131 for victory under the Duckworth-Lewis system in the rain-interrupted final.

“I was a bit nervous. It was a difficult situation to come into bat,” he said.

“It was frustrating to get out and put us under more pressure. When I initially got out I thought it had cost us the game. “I thought I’d lost it for the team.”

But team-mate Travis Birt kept a cool head under extreme pressure to score the winning runs with five balls to spare on a wet and windy Saturday.

“I have never experienced two such extremes of emotions before,” he said.

“From holding my head in hands just about in tears, to when we scored the wining runs, I went from shattered to complete elation in five seconds.”

Drew also had a tough day with the ball going for 38 runs from six overs.

But in the dressing room, the win was all that mattered.

“We stayed in the change rooms all night ... to the wee hours of the morning,” he said yesterday speaking at a function from Customs House in Hobart.

“That’s where it all takes place and it’s a good to hang around and celebrate it there.”

“We’ve had a good night and jumped straight back on it today. This is sort of it for the celebrations. There is still the four-day competition so we’ll wait until the end of the season before things really finish up but we’ll enjoy this for a couple of days.”

Drew will now concentrate on the remained of the Pura Cup season, of which Tasmania is out of contention, before heading to the UK to play a summer in the Lancashire League.

“I’m going to England to have a stint and get some more cricket experience and enjoy that,” he said.

“Hopefully I’ll sneak back home (Northern Rivers) before I head over there in mid-April.”



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