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No excuses from Doherty

UPDATED 24 May, 2013 9:40AM AEDT | by Rob Somers

Captain Xavier Doherty admits Tasmania mentally struggled to back up for Sunday's Ryobi One-Day Cup match against Victoria after hammering the Bushrangers in the Bupa Sheffield Shield match last week.

Captain Xavier Doherty admits Tasmania mentally struggled to back up for Sunday's Ryobi One-Day Cup match against Victoria after hammering the Bushrangers in the Bupa Sheffield Shield match last week.

The Tigers romped to a 93-run victory on Friday in the four-day match at the MCG but couldn't repeat the form in the corresponding one-dayer as they slumped to a 74-run defeat.

"I think we were patting ourselves on the back too much after the Shield," Doherty told reporters.

"It was pretty clear to everyone here today that we weren't ready to go today and we played accordingly."

"We felt they beat us by 120-150 runs. That's the way both teams played."

"It's very disappointing. We were miles of the pace," he said.

The Bushrangers, led by David Hussey's 76, posted a whopping 321 after being sent in on a wicket tipped to favour bowlers after Melbourne was drenched with heavy rain on Saturday.

"The wicket didn't offer as much as we thought it was going to," Doherty said.

"We just panicked about not taking some early wickets. By the time we had settled they were well on the way to a 300 score."

Tasmania's chase began horribly with openers Nick Kruger and Rhett Lockyear both run out and top order batsmen Alex Doolan and Mark Cosgrove both fell cheaply to leave the Tigers down for the count at 4-19.

"I really don't think they did a lot to deserve those four. Really we handed them some pretty cheap ones."

"When you are chasing a score like that you need one of your top four to go and bat most of the innings and we had all of our top four back in the shed by the seventh or eighth over and that is not good enough for this level."

By the 27th over the Tigers, without key batsman Ed Cowan and George Bailey who were on Australia A duty, had slumped to 6-106 and the Vics were a good chance to claim two bonus points.

But a 96-run ninth-wicket stand between wicketkeeper Tom Triffitt (72 from 50 balls) and Doherty (29 from 34) propelled the visitors to 247, nine runs short of stopping Victoria from gaining the bonus point.

"It was a pretty ordinary night but they are some little performances you can pull out of the wreck I guess," Doherty said.

"We've got a week before our next game and I think you will see a different team next week."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 29 November, 2011 6:20PM AEST

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