Star captain Cooper Anthes has almost single-handedly tried to drag Tasmania over the line again at the national under-15 championships.
The Tasmanians finished 41 runs shy of the victory target on Friday against Victoria Metro in back-to-back losses on the Sunshine Coast.
But the star Riverside allrounder proved to be among Tassie’s best with the bat and ball in successive games.
Victoria Metro had pushed its way towards 9-206 off 47 overs after rain interruptions.
Offspinner Anthes was the most economical team bowler with 1-25 off his 10 overs.
But teammates Sam Voss (2-33 off six overs), Ryan Borsboom (2-27 off six) and Tomas Pears (2-14 off three) lent a hand to all but ran through the Metro batting.
Tasmania was 1-2 in the first over until Anthes and Nicholas Williams put on gritty 77-run partnership.
The Kingborough opener was out for 34 from 76 balls that included four boundaries. Anthes top-scored again, reaching 49 from 79 balls including five fours.
Only Lindisfarne’s Liam Harris (35 off 49) provided any last resistance close to when Tassie was bundled out for 166 in 43.2 overs.