Thu, Oct 11, 8:56am by Head Editor
Victoria are the JLT Cup Champions after cruising to a 110-run win over Tasmania in Wednesday’s final at Melbourne’s Junction Oval.
After Peter Handscomb won the toss and elected to bat, former skipper Cameron White set the tone early, smashing 88 from 96 balls before he was caught behind off the bowling of Gurinder Sandhu.
Marcus Harris and Travis Dean had solid contributions of 45 and 35 respectively before Handscomb came in and ensured the hosts posted a competitive total, of 274, adding 49 runs off 45 balls before Sandhu struck once again.
Speaking of Sandhu, he finished with career-best figures of 7/56, including a hat-trick from the last three balls of the innings, which saw him draw level with Western Australia’s Andrew Tye, on 18 wickets apiece, the most for the tournament.
When the Tigers openers Matthew Wade and Ben McDermott strode to the crease, they would have been confident of reaching the target and avoiding their third defeat in a final in as many attempts, after they lost the Big Bash and Sheffield Shield deciders last season.
Glenn Maxwell made up for his failure with the bat, removing Wade for 15 and when Fawad Ahmed dismissed danger man McDermott, whose scored the second-most runs in the tournament, the Vics were well on top.
It was a brilliant all round bowling performance from the locals, all six bowlers took wickets with Andrew Fekete, Jackson Coleman and Chris Tremain all joining Ahmed with two scalps apiece.
The Tasmanian’s were dismissed for just 164 in the 41st over, handing Victoria their first 50-over crown for seven years.
Attention now turns to the longest version of the game, with the first round of the Sheffield Shield season beginning next Tuesday.
Tasmania head to Brisbane’s Gabba ground to take on the team who defeated them in last season’s final, Queensland while Victoria head west to the WACA to take on Western Australia.
Victoria are equal favourites to lift the trophy for the 32nd time with their first-up opponents, who can secure their 16th title and first since 1999 with a win this season.
Both states sit on the top line of betting, at $4.
South Australia are at $5 while the most successful state in the history of the competition, New South Wales, are right behind them at $5.50 for what would be an incredible 47th Shield crown.
Queensland are at $6.50 while the Tigers aren’t expected to go one better than last season, at $7.
Sheffield Shield Odds
Western Australia $4
South Australia $5
New South Wales $5.50
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