Rhett smashes Tigers to record

RHETT Lockyear smashed Tasmania to a record Twenty20 victory after the Tigers destroyed South Australia with 57 balls to spare at Bellerive Oval yesterday. Tasmania burst out of the blocks to smash 2-131 in 10.3 overs after another tight bowling and fielding performance restricted South Australia to 7-127.
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The victory was a record for the two- year-old competition in terms of balls remaining.

The Tigers are now three wins from three games in the competition following previous triumphs against Western Australia and NSW.

One more victory from its last two games – against Victoria, at the MCG on January 8, and Queensland, at the Gabba two days later – would guarantee Tasmania a spot in the final on January 13.

Tigers’ opener Lockyear belted 64 off 27 balls in the run chase, including 11 fours and two sixes.

He was eventually bowled by Mark Cosgrove (1-22), but by that stage the Tigers were cantering to victory at 1-90 in the seventh over.

Michael Dighton played the foil to Lockyear but was there at the end, scoring 30 runs off 21 balls with three fours and one six.

Dane Anderson was the other Tiger wicket to fall, caught behind by wicketkeeper Graham Manou off Paul Rofe (1-24) after his brisk 17 off six balls.

Former Australian quick Jason Gillespie came in for some stick, conceding 0-45 from his three overs, which included Lockyear whacking 22 runs off one over from the SA speedster.

SA won the toss and elected to bat, but could not continue Matt Elliott’s aggressive start (24 from 16 balls) with only Nathan Adcock (39) and top-scorer Callum Ferguson (40) making double figures.

Former Test opener Elliott hit three fours and a six before being caught by Brett Geeves off Brendan Drew.

Pace bowler Ben Hilfenhaus was the pick of the Tigers’ attack with 2-21 from four overs. Geeves took 2-32 with Drew a tidy 1-17 from four overs.

SA hosts Western Australia on January 8 in search of its first win after two losses and a washout against Queensland in Brisbane last Friday.

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