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Watson steers Tasmania to win

By Adam Cooper 14/02/2004 05:49:49 PM Comments (0)

Shane Watson completed a fine double of two wickets and 63 to steer Tasmania to a three-wicket win over Victoria in their ING Cup cricket match at the MCG.

Watson took 2-15 from six overs at the top of the Victorian innings in his first decent one-day spell in over a year because of back troubles as the Tigers restricted the Bushrangers to 218.

The 22-year-old allrounder then smacked 63 from 70 balls to get the Tigers out of a mid-innings slump as Tasmania reached 7-219 in 47 overs.

Victoria's loss ended its hopes of reaching the ING Cup final and such was the command of Watson's performance, he overshadowed the comeback of Shane Warne, who took 1-48 from 10 overs.

Warne took a wicket with his second ball and bowled well early before Watson and George Bailey (52 not out) started attacking.

Brought on in the 22nd over, Warne had Tasmanian captain Daniel Marsh (five) LBW despite not appealing.

It was the legspinner's first wicket for Victoria since January 2003, but a highly doubtful one, as the ball half-volleyed into Marsh's foot and looked to be spinning away.

While wicketkeeper Darren Berry and first slip Matthew Elliott appealed, Warne did not and despite his lack of enthusiasm, umpire Bob Parry gave Marsh out.

Marsh's dismissal left his side 4-90, but Watson and Bailey put on 94 to have their side back in command.

Tasmania's win was its first of the season and came on the back of a dashing 45 from opener Michael Di Venuto.

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