Bowlers, Bailey and Milenko lead Tasmania into JLT Cup final

Tasmania 4 times 180 (Bailey 70 *, Milenko 57 *, Feldman 2-20) beat Queensland 177 (Steketee 30, Rose 2-14, Sandhu 2-14) by six windows

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Tasmania entered the final of the JLT Cup on the back of a composite and uninterrupted 128-team partnership between the captain George Bailey and Simon Milenko as they reviewed the Queensland 177, with 76 balls and six spare windows in Sydney.

The Tigers had early problems in their pursuit, falling to 4 for 52 in the 14th. The pace and rebound of Billy Stanlake showed a handful on the two-step Drummoyne Oval surface when he cut the first pair Matthew Wade and Ben McDermott within the first five attempts.

Jordan Silk was strangled by the leg and when Alex Doolan was trapped, although the Bulls were fine in the game.

But Bailey and Milenko stabilized the persecution. Both men absorbed the maidens when they were ready to wait for their time until they settled on the difficult surface. Milenko threw six consecutive games on the 28 against Luke Feldman to release the tension that was building up and the couple crossed their respective half century from there. Bailey finished with 70 balls of 97 balls and Milenko 57 with 68 balls.

Previously, after being sent, Queensland had trouble facing the field. Five of the first seven reached 16 and faced 30 or more balls, but none could pass beyond 30.

The seamstress Gabe Bell fired both starters on their debut on List A. He was one of the five players of the Tigers who claimed two windows, and Gurinder Sandhu was the most economical to win 2 for 14 of nine. His mix of slower balls and difficult lengths was hard to beat and he was named Man of the Match for his efforts.

Tasmania will now face the winner of Sunday's second semifinal between West Australia and Victoria in Wednesday's final at the crossroads. Oval in Melbourne.


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