Matador Cup 2016: Tasmania defeat South Australia in final Matador Cup match for the summer

Tasmania finished their disappointing Matador Cup campaign on a high as Alex Doolan cemented his title as one of the players of the tournament.

The good news stories continued for the Tigers with paceman Cam Stevenson having a debut to remember as the Tigers recorded a 28-run win after fielding a team that did feature senior duo Ben Dunk and Xavier Doherty.

Guided by 79 from 77 balls from Doolan, the Tigers made 7-295 at Hurstville Oval.

It was the fourth consecutive half-century from Launceston product Doolan, lifting him to 362 runs at 120.66, with a strike-rate of 97.31, and into third place on the run scoring list.

Victoria’s Cameron White (453 runs) was well out in front, but New South Wales’ Daniel Hughes (363) only just pipped Doolan for second spot.

Dom Michael made 57 from 67, while skipper Tim Paine (44 from 58) made his strongest contribution since his earlier century against the CA XI.

Ben McDermott, who like Stevenson was having his first run as Tiger in this form of the game, made 39 from 49, while James Faulkner blasted 38 from 18 to push the total close to 300.

With the ball it was Stevenson who stole the show, and along the way collected man-of-the-match honours.

GOOD START: Cameron Stevenson was man-of-the-match on debut for Tasmania after taking 5-32. Picture: Getty Images

GOOD START: Cameron Stevenson was man-of-the-match on debut for Tasmania after taking 5-32. Picture: Getty Images

He finished with 5-32 from 8.4 overs, including the final wicket of Kane Richardson.

While it was a good day for Stevenson, Test hopeful Jackson Bird struggled, finishing with 0-65 from six overs.

Simon Milenko continued his impressive start to life as a Tiger with 2-37 from  seven overs, while Beau Webster (1-28 from three overs), Hamish Kingston (1-42 from five overs) and Faulkner (1-42 from seven overs) each collected a wicket.

Tasmania will now turn their attention towards red-ball cricket, with their Sheffield Shield season starting Tuesday against Victoria.

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