Mark Stoinis scored a maiden one-day century as The Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers beat Tasmania by 48 runs in the Matador BBQs One-Day Cup.
Victoria post their highest score of the tournament as they progressed to Friday’s Elimination Final. They made 6-320, before three wickets from James Pattinson restricted the Tigers to 7-230, when bad weather intervened.
Victorian captain Matthew Wade won the toss and elected to bat first and as has been the trend this tournament, the Bushrangers lost an early wicket with Rob Quiney LBW from the fourth delivery of the match.
Aaron Finch looked to be aggressive early with the Victorian racing to 36* before Stoinis had got off the mark and he reached his fifty shortly after from 35 deliveries with a six and a four off Evan Gulbis as Victoria notched 1-62 from the first 10 overs.
In a big blow for the Bushrangers, Finch was run out in the 13th over for 52 (43).
After taking 20 deliveries to notch his first run, Stoinis began to lift his strike rate with back-to-back sixes off Xavier Doherty before Cameron White looked to emulate his partner but was caught for 27 (51).
Stoinis reached his half-century from 71 deliveries as Victoria looked set for a big total at 3-153 after 31 overs.
Stoinis continued to lift the run rate and found good support from Peter Handscomb with the pair posting a 50-run partnership in quick time.
The maiden century for Stoinis was achieved in 106 deliveries with Handscomb following suit with a fifty in the following over.
Stoinis 109 (112) and Handscomb 67 (67) were both dismissed in a short period of time after putting on 130 for the fourth wicket.
Dan Christian chipped in with a superb cameo of 34 (14) as Victoria put on 102 runs in the final 10 overs.
The Bushrangers’ opening bowlers were unable to make an early breakthrough with Tim Paine and Ben Dunk putting on 99 for the opening wicket before Holland had Paine caught on the boundary for 47.
Pattinson then returned with a fired-up spell that removed Evan Gulbis for two and Ben Dunk for 54 as the Tigers lost 3-7.
Holland trapped George Bailey in front for 10 and then Stoinis completed an impressive run out of Dom Michael to leave Tasmania 5-148.
The Bushrangers bowlers kept the pressure on James Faulkner and it did the trick with Faulkner bowled for 19 (40).
Pattinson returned for his third spell and removed Clive Rose with his first delivery to see Tasmania requiring 124 from 65.
With lightning circling the ground, the match was called off with Tasmania 7-230 after 43.1 overs.
Victoria will now play either South Australia or Tasmania in the Elimination Final on Friday at Drummoyne with the winner of that match to progress through to Sunday’s Final against New South Wales.
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