Aiming to make the grand final of the National Cricket Inclusion Championships for the first time, Tasmania have been stopped at the final hurdle - running into a surging Victorian side.
Tasting defeat to the tune of 74 runs, the Tasmanians were able to consistently break through the strong batting line-up of their opposition with a strong opening stand of 56 from Brett Mackey (23) and Gavan Hicks (32) setting the tone.
Taking regular wickets through the middle order through MJ and Tyson Parbs, Zeb Hovington and Blake Bonnitcha, a Tasmanian fightback looked like a possibility but Richard Curtis (29) and Daynah Hopkins (29) took the game away.
ELSEWHERE IN SPORT
Set the task of chasing 5-139 for victory over the home side, Tasmania lost MJ Parbs early as fellow opener Bonnitcha set about steadily chasing down the total - finishing the innings with 16 not out off 49 deliveries.
The South Hobart Sandy Bay batter worked with Old Beach's Joel Corbett (16 off 22) and South Launceston's Justin Nilon (14 not out off 18) to create partnerships but couldn't find a consistent partner to take the game the whole way, finishing at 6-65.
Making finals for the first time in Tasmania's six-year history at the inclusion titles, their campaign at glory has been an interesting one - with smoke from nearby Victorian bushfires impacting days two and three of play and abandoning matches.
The side have been doing their best to raise funds for relief from the crisis by selling over 50 stickers on day one of competition with all proceeds going to charity.
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