Vics pass Tassie’s test at Oakes Oval
VICTORIAN all-rounder Andrew McDonald has taken out his Ashes frustrations by belting an impressive 84 off 76 balls as the Bushrangers crawled to victory over a gritty Tasmania in the final 50-overs match of the Lismore Festival of Cricket.
McDonald’s 84, which included nine fours and two sixes, was the anchor as the Victorians chased down Tasmania’s total of 244 with one wicket and 7.4 overs to spare at Oakes Oval.
McDonald was unfortunate not to snare a Test match start during the Ashes after being part of the Australian team that defeated South Africa in South Africa.
“Obviously I only played the one tour game in England so to get some time in the middle is always great at this time of year,” he said.
“It’s also a good way to get game ready for the start of the season and obviously we have the
Twenty20 coming up in India, the Champions League, which will be a huge spectacle.”
McDonald, batting at No4, played a fine innings after Victoria got off to a flyer thanks to openers
Rob Quiney (31 off 20 balls) and Aiden Blizzard (35 off 27 balls).
However, after the rangy red-head was trapped leg-before, Victoria slumped to 9-224 against the Tasmanian spinners.
Only some great hitting by tailender James Pattinson (14 off eight balls) saw the Vics home.
Victorian finger-spinner Jon Holland snared 5-40 off seven overs to record the best figures of the tournament as the Bushrangers bowled out the Tigers in the final over of their innings.
His scalps included Wade Irvine (51 off 93 balls), Dan Marsh (11 off 24) and Luke Butterworth (31 off 30).
The Victorian bowling was impressive as they pinned down the Tasmanians early.
Michael Dighton (41 off 62) and Irvine put on 88 for the first wicket but it took 20 overs. The slow start inadvertently applied the pressure to the lower order and as they chased quick runs the slower
Victorian bowlers struck.