2022/23 Marsh Cup preview – Tasmania Tigers
IT is almost time to kick off the 2022/23 season of the Marsh One-Day Cup, with the first game scheduled for September 23. Fresh off a thrilling final in March, the competition is set for another cracking campaign, as each state’s best cricket talents battle it out in the 50-over format.
With that in mind, Rookie Me Central will be taking a look at each side’s prospects for the season, and next up are the Tasmania Tigers, who could not sneak into the finals last year, and will be looking to go one step further in their upcoming campaign.
2021/22 record – 3-1-2
The Tigers fell short of a spot in the top two last year, finishing third with three wins, which was actually the equal second-most of any side in the competition. Unfortunately for Tasmania, the NSW Blues had a whopping four games abandoned without a ball bowled, and their higher net run rate saw them steal second place and a place in the final.
In their three victories, the Tigers showed a genuine capability to win it all over the course of the season, but could consider themselves unlucky not to be given a chance to take on Western Australia on the big stage.
Tasmania kicked off its 2021/22 campaign with a terrific win over the eventual premiers in WA, but then sustained its first loss a few weeks later at the hands of the Bulls, with their batting lineup proving to be a tad underwhelming, all out for 131.
That ended up being the Tigers’ final loss of the season, as they claimed a pair of wins and two ‘no results’.
When at their best, the Tigers were capable of conjuring a score upwards of 275 runs. The likes of Ben McDermott and Caleb Jewell – both big hitters in the Big Bash League – were instrumental in getting their side to winning scores. There is no doubt if they made it to the final against WA, they had the batting lineup to contend with the eventual winners.
Ahead of the 2022/23 season, the Tigers maintained a relatively unchanged list, which shows the faith they have in the roster that led them to a trio of wins last campaign. They did manage to sign a relatively big name in Billy Stanlake, who has represented Australia in the white ball format.
At 204cm, Stanlake carries quite a bit of size for a fast bowler, and if he can overcome a troublesome injury history, should prove quite the weapon for a Tasmania side that flirted with conceding big scores last time around.
The Tigers are shaping as another contender in season 2022/23, given the strength of their lineup in the white ball game. With some big hitters at the top of their batting order and the addition of Stanlake to the bowling attack, their list is certainly good enough.