After the winning the toss and sending the hosts into bat, it was a fast start for the Tigers, with Queensland opener, Sam Heazlett, dismissed on just the third ball of the morning, thanks to a sharp catch from stand-in ‘keeper, Caleb Jewell.  (Jewell was in the side for Jake Doran, who was withdrawn from the side due to a non-COVID related medical issue before the start of play).

When exactly three overs later Bulls’ captain, Usman Khawaja, was dismissed for three thanks to a vintage piece of Peter Siddle bowling, the Tigers were in a commanding position, until rain stopped play and both teams were sent back to the sheds with the Bulls at 2-12.

It seemed like the rain delay went for ages, before both sides were allowed back on the park for the Bulls to complete a 29-over innings.  When Ben Manenti secured his first wicket as a Tiger – Marnus Labuschange trapped LBW for 27, no less – the Tigers seemed to be in with more than a sniff.  Matthew Renshaw had other ideas however, notching 76 runs off 62 balls until the combination of bowled Siddle, caught Beau Webster had him come unstuck.

In the middle order Jimmy Peirson also made a handy contribution of 42 – which again came unstuck thanks to the Siddle-Webster combination, and after 29 overs, the Bulls finished on 8-186.  Siddle (3-30 off six overs) and Riley Meredith (2-18 off six) were the best with the ball for the visitors.

The Duckworth-Lewis system determined that the Tigers would need 177 runs for victory in their 29 overs.  Following on from his great performance behind the stumps, Jewell got off to a flying start with the bat, smashing 27 runs at a strike rate in excess of 128, until another debutant – Queensland’s Connor Sully – got the better of him, having him caught by Labuschange.

Unfortunately, captain, Jordan Silk, was the only other Tiger to make a score of note, notching 35 runs before Sully also got the better of him, having him caught behind.  In the end, the Tigers were dismissed for 131 runs in 26.4 overs, handing the Bulls a 45-run win.  Debutant, Manenti, was the batsman not out, finishing unbeaten on 15.

The Tigers will return to Hobart tomorrow after six weeks on the road across three different states.  Their next outing will be a Marsh Sheffield Shield match against South Australia, which begins at Hobart’s Blundstone Arena Wednesday week.