Tasmania scores first win but remains undefeated at national under-18 championship

ROCK SOLID: Tasmanian batsman Jack White drove his side to its first win on Tuesday against the Cricket Australia XI in Hobart. Pictures: Brody Grogan
ROCK SOLID: Tasmanian batsman Jack White drove his side to its first win on Tuesday against the Cricket Australia XI in Hobart. Pictures: Brody Grogan

Tasmania will arrive to play in Launceston on Thursday standing tall, undefeated at this year’s under-19 national championships.

A convincing six-wicket win over a Cricket Australia XI on Tuesday in back-to-back games at Kingston Twin Ovals has set the hosts on track to a quarter-final berth.

“With a five-game series, if you win two and tie one, you’re probably in the top two or three, which is definitely our goal in our pool,” coach Shannon Tubb said.

Tasmania is now one of five teams to claim six points in search of a place in the tournament’s final eight.

While eight rivals earned two points in a washed out opener, the Tigers instead nearly scored a last-ball win on Monday in a dramatic tie. 

But Tubb fancies the state’s chances next against South Australia at Invermay Park.

SUPPORTIVE: Tasmanian opening left-armer James Beattie has taken wickets in both of the state's two games at the national under-19 championship.

SUPPORTIVE: Tasmanian opening left-armer James Beattie has taken wickets in both of the state's two games at the national under-19 championship.

“We go in confident to win every game – there is no doubt about that,” Tubb said. 

“That’s just how we’re playing our cricket.

“We’re playing our Tigers’ brand of cricket where we are going to win every game and Thursday is no exception.” 

Tasmania bowled Cricket Australia XI out for 195.

Burnie opening paceman Shaun Redman was at the top of his game with 4-34.

Mowbray club off-spinner Jarrod Freeman bowled well with his change of pace for 2-31. Cricket North talent James Beattie and Dom Rawlings both picked up a wicket.

Tasmanian opener Keegan Oates blitzed 62 off 83 balls, but Jack White took control of the attack to hit 69 not out.

“Jack again proved he is one of the best young players around the country at the moment,” Tubb said.

The Lindisfarne batsman, who has played for Tasmania in the Futures League, was coming straight off 48 in the first tournament game.

Tubb felt satisfied in the side executing their plans.

“It was probably a clinical finish for us today – we were really happy with the way we went about it,” he said.

“In an ideal world, we’d finish that game only two or three-down, but that sometimes happens when you’re pushing in one-day cricket.

“I’m a very happy coach and the boys are very excited by the win. So we’re really looking forward to moving up to Launceston.”

In other games, South Australia upset Victoria Metro by 11 runs, Queensland beat Victoria Country by five wickets, NSW Metro also scored a five-wicket win over Western Australia while ACT-NSW Country beat Northern Territory by four wickets.