Tasmania continue to fall in JLT Cup one-day competition

GROUNDED: Launceston's Alex Doolan is having a better time in the field than with the bat in this year's JLT Cup series. Picture: Supplied.
GROUNDED: Launceston's Alex Doolan is having a better time in the field than with the bat in this year's JLT Cup series. Picture: Supplied.

Tasmania’s sluggish one-day campaign is all but over one week into a new season.

The Tigers for the third time in five days at the WACA were emphatically beaten and now need to win all three final JLT Cup games to remain an outside chance to reach the elimination final.

Both tournament finals and the state’s last match have been slated for Hobart.

Early cup hosts Western Australia had little trouble on Saturday night chasing down Tasmania’s below par 207.

An all too familiar batting collapse accompanied the Tigers, limping to 6-99 until Jordan Silk (80 off 86 balls) and debutant Tom Rogers (38 off 54) put on a 93-run stand.

Captain George Bailey had attempted to salvage the shaky top order hitting a spirited 36 from 38 deliveries.

The West Australians chased down the target in 36.4 overs for an eight-wicket win after the Marshes dominated, Mitch unbeaten on 67 and Shaun opening with 62.

Tasmanian coach Adam Griffith’s reign has been tough since replacing Dan Marsh in the offseason.

The Tigers have not finished higher than fourth in Australia’s domestic one-day competition since 2011-12.

The acid test is set to be put on the side’s failing batsmen.

One-time Test No.3 Alex Doolan has still yet to reach double figures in the 2017 JLT Cup, averaging only 4.66.

Rookie Charlie Wakim hit 12 runs in three games, while keeper Ben Dunk made 0 and 1 in his last two starts after opening up with 38. 

Tasmania will meet South Australia next on Tuesday.