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Victoria reach final with win over Tas

17/02/2007 07:08:35 PM Comments (0)

Victoria has claimed home ground advantage for the one-day cricket final after ending Tasmania's slim title hopes with a 143-run thumping at Bellerive Oval.

The Bushrangers set up a meeting with Queensland in the competition decider at the MCG next Sunday after a superb century from captain David Hussey propelled Victoria to the most dominant of victories.

Hussey's innings was chanceless as he smashed five sixes and six fours on his way to 116 from just 103 balls.

It allowed Victoria to post an imposing 6-283 from their 50 overs with the Tigers - needing to win to keep their hopes of a final berth alive - never in the hunt, bowled out for 140 in the 33rd over of their run chase.

Tasmania suffered a double blow on a dismal day with captain Dan Marsh sidelined for at least three weeks with a calf tear.

Marsh will miss Tasmania's final one-day match against South Australia on Wednesday, and possibly the side's final two Pura Cup games against the Redbacks and NSW next month.

He had to be helped from the ground after suffering the injury while batting.

Hussey said it was one of Victoria's best one-day performances this year.

"I thought our bowling attack was exceptional led by Shane Harwood and Mick Lewis," Hussey said.

"They have been doing it all summer and then Darren Pattinson hit his straps and at the right time and I know he is looking forward to playing a home final at the MCG.

"I really want to play in a winning one-day final at the MCG and I know all the boys are pumped. Our total focus today was winning the match and so far, so good.

"I'm pretty excited but I have got to keep a lid on it."

Robert Quiney (50) and Hussey set up Victoria's innings with a 98-run third wicket partnership.

Adam Crosthwaite then capped off the innings with a quickfire 31 not out off just 20 balls.

In reply, Victoria's pacemen left the Tasmanian top order reeling with the loss of five wickets for just 75 runs.

George Bailey (35) showed some resistance with Michael Dighton (21) and Xavier Doherty (19 not out) getting starts.

Tigers coach Tim Coyle described the loss as a huge blow.

"Coming into the game we had pretty high expectations because we still had a chance in competition," he said.

"To respond in the way we did was very, very disappointing."

Coyle said the Tigers limited-overs season has been inconsistent and suggested measures must be taken to improve performance.

"If it means we have to look at other people or personnel to take us forward in the one-day game in Tasmania, then that's what we need to do and do it soon.

"We have got to be honest with our assessment of how we are playing our one-day game, our four-day game is going well but they are two different games. We have got to find people that can play consistent one-day cricket."

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