Qld set a slow pace against Tas Tigers



HOBART ? Tasmania clawed its way back into ING Cup contention with a four-wicket victory against Queensland at Bellerive Oval yesterday. The reigning ING Cup champion, which started the day at the bottom of the ladder, now sits in fifth place with 10 points, one point ahead of Western Australia. The win should have been easy work for the Tigers, who needed only 187 runs after winning the toss and restricting the visitors to nine for 186 from 50 overs. But the home side's batting fell flat, with opener Travis Birt (6) caught off, Mitchell Johnson (2-30) in the first over and Michael Di Venuto (6) following two overs later.

Former Test batting star Michael Bevan (73 not out) was left to steer the Tigers to victory, putting on 35 runs with super sub Dane Anderson (27) and 100 with Tim Paine (57). The batting veteran, who looked stiff in his first one-day game after knee surgery in the off-season, took 105 balls to bring up his 50, but paced the innings well to win with three balls to spare.

The visitors missed two valuable opportunities to oust Bevan, dropping him on 32 and 53.

Queensland struggled to build a competitive total earlier today after losing skipper Jimmy Maher for 10 in the eighth over.



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