About the Match
The tournament is in midway where Queensland plays its 3rd match of the tournament, now against Tasmania, after having an 84 run winning start against West Australia, and a convincing win in 2nd match against Victoria, by 26 runs. They have 9 points from 2 matches, whereas Tasmania after losing the first two matches, and close finishes in successive two matches both against South Australia, surpassed the target with one ball to spare thus collecting 8 points.
The team is growing from strength to strength, with the openers providing a decent start with Usman Khwaja and Hartley. Against WA it was Hartley who held the innings from one end, Reardon performing the demolition act with 92 off 110 balls hitting seven 4s and 3 sixes. Floros was the main destroyer claiming 3 wickets and Cutting and Hauritz gave able support claiming two each, reducing WA to just 118 in 42.5 overs. In their match against the more efficient Victorians, they scored a mammoth 305 losing 8 wickets. Usman Khawaja, opening the innings, held one end and got good support from Lynn, coming at 2 down, with a 60 run partnership for the 3rd wicket. It was a nightmare for the Victorians when Cutting came at 6 down and made a quick fire 98 with only 48 balls, with six 4s and 9 sixes. He got good company with Hauritz and later with Gale, raising the score to 305. Feldman was superb with his pace and with good field support accounted for 5 wickets and Cutting played an all-round role later accounting for 2 Victoria wickets.
Tasmania lost their two opening matches, first against New South Wales and later against Victoria, putting up very dismal performances. In an exciting 3rd match against South Australia that was an oscillating match till the last over they fielded brilliantly causing two run outs. Their bowling was not upto the mark except for Rose who claimed 2 wickets. Coming into bat with a target of 269, they were not good in running between the wickets, and lost three wickets at crucial stages. Doolan played an anchoring role scoring 68 and later, Paine, Silk and Laughlin faced the opposition with determination and it was the job of Laughlin who hit 3 sixes to reduce the target and in the company of Hilfenhaus the match was won with only one ball to spare. Their 4th match against the same opponents saw them win with only one ball to spare. Fekete was very impressive with the ball, claiming 4 wickets, with Laughlin playing equal role in bowling out danger man Klinger and two more. Doolan and Dunk established a decent 63 run opening partnership and Paine supported well in the middle order, though ultimately it was Hilfenhaus who finished the game with the last man.
Queensland has a solid batting line-up almost till No.9 and a good bite in the bowling attack. Tasmania lacks quality in batting and bowling and hence is likely to crumble against the more formidable opponents like Queensland. Furthermore, Queensland’s performance against Victoria was sublime with their batting performing pretty well. I’d place my money on overall better side, that is, Queensland.
Queensland, 1.61 @ Bet365