21 March 2011

Cossy Wins The Shield

What a man! What a match! What a final shot of the season! Both teams made 400+++ in their first innings, and since Tassie due to leading the table were in the privileged position of only having to draw for the win, NSW were forced to make a really bold declaration on day 4, all or nothing, alas, they fluffed it; taking ten wickets would have been their only chance of victory; but Tassie had more than three sessions to chase down the moderate total, and could afford to choose the defensive path.

The NSW bowlers produced a handful of squeaky bum situations, though; for example the Tassie batsmen tried to avoid SOK most of the time, his economy rate oscillated around 1.6 during large parts of the innings, and, well, he is the DangerSOK. 

Until...

69.6 O'Keefe to Cosgrove, SIX, Boom! Stand and deliver. O'Keefe tossed up and Cosgrove without dancing down swung through the line and hit straight over the sightscreen for six! Superb.

Tea was approaching, as was triumph. So they extended the second session and majestically strode to victory within three of the four additional overs. To be honest I was in terror from the moment on Cos came to crease. First I was afraid he could get out, and then when he looked like not doing so, I was afraid he might not be on strike when the winning runs are hit.

But since he is the man...

73.6 O'Keefe to Cosgrove, FOUR, There it is! Tossed up and Cosgrove slog sweeps over midwicket for four! Tasmania win their second Sheffield Shield!

Poor SOK :( NSW came second in the T20 cup as well and third in the one dayers, very unfortunate for them. But I am so happy that Cossy won the Shield. It's a huge erect middle finger to.... just everyone.

Of course we need to be fair and not leave the contributions of his minions unmentioned, victory would not have been possible without the convincing performances of the Messieurs Eddie Cowan, Luke Who Else Butterworth, James Faulkner, Ben Hilfenhaus and Alex Doolan!


Match notes:

David Warner bowled legspin and I didn't bloody see it. Very annoying, because his figures suggest that he did a good job.

Usman Khawaja bowled a handful of overs as well and removed the X-Do. If anyone has footage of these two bobbleheads bowling, please let me know!

Phil Hughes almost made back-to-back tons and Hilditch subsequently lauded him. We must fear the worst.

Trent Copeland, NSW's very obvious pick of the bowlers, bowled the highest number of overs someone has ever bowled in a Shield final. You could draw conclusions now... there will be debates on NSW's selection I guess, they were already raging during the match. However, Pat Cummins and Steve O'Keefe knew how to excite as well.


Enough praise of the opposition, let's return to topic. Man, he so deserved it. I'm utterly happy for him. The grapevine whispers that SA are sobbing in their sleep. Good on ya! I hope Tassie are going to extend his contract. Please, guys, he deserves it.


Cheers,
Wes

PS. He also ran out Simon Katich.  
PPS. The commentary was quoted from Cricinfo.

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