A Gurinder Sandhu hattrick was as good as it got for Tasmania in the 2018 JLT Cup Final today at Junction Oval, going down to Victoria by 110 runs.
After losing the toss and batting, the Tigers struggled to breakthrough initially but Victoria never got away - and when Sandhu's final over of their innings yielded an incredible four wickets, they were all out for 274.
In reply, the Tigers innings failed to find some momentum to get ahead of the game.
Wade began brightly before departing soon after and Ben McDermott - who was called up to the Australian T20 squad to tour Pakistan last week, threatened to break loose when he sent Fawad Ahmed the distance twice in an over but fell in the leg spinner's next over.
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From here, Alex Doolan (46 from 73), anchored the Tasmanian innings but the vital partnership required when chasing a competitive score never came and the Tigers fell for 164.
With the ball hand, the Tigers looked as good as they have all tournament in continually tying down a team's run rate in the middle of the innings through Tom Rogers who was brilliant nearly throughout his allotment of 10 overs - finishing with 1/44 (10) having been 1/22 from his first eight.
Victoria's opening stand of 88 and a partnership of 58 for the sixth wicket between skipper Peter Handscomb did the bulk of the work in amassing 274, but when Handscomb fell the Tigers were into the bowlers.
Yet Sandhu still had the responsibility of bowling a tight final over with the score at the 270 mark.
And didn't he do just that.
With his second ball he removed Chris Tremain with the help of Jordan Silk before dismissing Matt Short via Alex Doolan's hands on the fourth ball, skittling Fawad Ahmed with the fifth and then it was George Bailey completing the trick at mid-off on the last delivery.
Gurinder Sandhu became the first Tasmanian bowler to take a hattrick in One-Day Domestic cricket history and his final figures of 7/56 are the fourth best ever in tournament history too. In a further personal bow in the post-match, Ben McDermott's great few weeks got even better when he was named as JLT Cup Player of the Tournament.
Despite the disappointment of today, Tasmania's attention immediately turns to the longer form of the game with the squad departing for their Sheffield Shield opener in Brisbane on Sunday. That game against the Bulls begins on Tuesday and will be livestreamed on cricket.com.au.