JLT One-Day Cup: Victoria beat Tasmania to grab title despite Gurinder Sandhu’s seven
Victoria beat Tasmania to claim their sixth domestic 50-over title. @Getty

A career-best 7/56 from Gurinder Sandhu, which included a dramatic hat-trick with his last three deliveries, was pushed to the background as Victoria beat Tasmania by 110 runs to claim the JLT One-Day Cup at Melbourne’s Junction Oval on Wednesday.

Defending 274 in the final, Victoria found telling contributions from each of the six bowlers used to surge to their sixth domestic one-day trophy – after wins in 1972, 1980, 1995, 1999 and 2011 – and cap a fine campaign.

Victoria had appeared on course for a much bigger total before Sandhu, who played two ODIs for Australia in 2015, outdid his previous List A best of 5/35 with a stunning late-innings blitz. His seven included the prized scalps of Cameron White for 88, Glenn Maxwell for 9 and Peter Handscomb for 49 before he blew away the tail with four wickets in the final over of Victoria’s innings.

Following an opening stand of 88 in 17.5 overs with Marcus Harris (45), the one-time Australia batsman White took Victoria to 171/2 before Travis Dean (35) was dismissed by Thomas Rogers, with Travis Bird taking a very sharp catch at square leg off a rocket pull shot.

With more than 17 overs left, and White looking ominous with four sixes to his name, Victoria would have had designs on getting to 300 and higher with Maxwell new to the crease. But Sandhu had White caught behind on 88 off the first ball off the 34th over and in the 38th got Maxwell with a chance of pace, the batsman lobbing a simple catch to midwicket.

The dismissal of Handscomb in the 48th over was the result of a very fine reflex catch when the Victoria skipper advanced and drove the ball back at Sandhu. In his final over, Sandhu dismissed Chris Tremain for 5 with his second ball, and then achieved the hat-trick with the wickets of Matthew Short, Fawad Ahmed and Andrew Fekete to end a stunning over.

Sandhu’s match-wining performance – a career-best in List A cricket – came for his new state after he made the switch from New South Wales before the season, and came after he was omitted from Tasmania’s first squad of the summer ahead of the start of its JLT Cup campaign.

As it panned out, Sandhu’s 7/56 did not win Tasmania the trophy. Maxwell removed Matthew Wade in the sixth over, caught behind on 15 for Handscomb, to give Victoria an early wicket. Ben McDermott, recently included in Australia’s T20I squad for the first time, opened up after a watchful start by welcoming Fawad into the attack by striking him for two sixes and a four. Handscomb persisted with the legspinner despite the 17-run over and the move paid off when McDermott attempted another ambitious shot across the line and top-edged to midwicket for 34 balls to leave Tasmania at 67/2.

Nic Maddinson was tossed the ball and got Jordan Silk caught behind first ball, bringing in Tasmania skipper Bailey at 72/3. Bailey became the first of Fekete’s two wickets when he nicked behind, and when Maxwell held a catch to get Simon Milenko it meant that Tasmania had lost half their side in 25 overs.

Alex Doolan was left to try and steer the chase and he got as far as 46 before Tremain won an lbw shout first ball of the 36th over, which ended the match for all competitive purposes.

Brief scores: Victoria 274 in 50 overs (White 88, Sandhu 7/56) beat Tasmania 164 in 40.4 overs by 110 runs