Ben McDermott
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Ben McDermott struck a century before Simon Milenko’s blitz sealed a thrilling four-wicket win for Tasmania against Queensland in Match 5 of the Australian Domestic One-Day Cup 2018 on Saturday. Chasing 318, Tasmania reached the target with an over to spare for their second straight victory of the tournament.

Mark Steketee (4/84) landed early blows after removing Tasmania’s Matthew Wade (22) and Jake Doran (2) inside eight overs. However, McDermott and Jordan Silk then took over and steered the innings forward. They added 178 runs for the third wicket to take them to 223/3 before being separated in the 38th over. Silk was the man to be dismissed after scoring 85 off 90 with nine fours with Steketee claiming his third victim of the match.

His departure triggered a slide with captain George Bailey (6), centurion McDermott (117) and Thomas Rogers (0) departing in quick succession.

Milenko and Clive Rose then launched a late assault as they clubbed 72 runs in the seven overs. Milenko scored an unbeaten 50 off 29 which had four fours and a six in it while Rose struck 25 not out off 18 deliveries to take Tasmania over the line.

Earlier, Chris Lynn (70) and Charlie Hemphrey (58) struck half-centuries as Queensland posted a challenging 316/6 after opting to bat at the Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville.

They were off to a bright start with openers Sam Heazlett (33) and Max Bryant (36) adding 70 runs in 9.3 overs before Riley Meredith removed both in successive overs.

Lynn and Hemphreythen joined hands, adding 115 runs between them, ensuring the run-rate remained in excess of six per over. Joe Burns batted steadily for an unbeaten 47 off 55 allowing others around him to play their shots to push the total beyond the 300-run mark.

Meredith finished with 3/62 while Aaron Summers, Gurinder Sandhu and Thomas Rogers chipped in with a wicket each.

Brief Scores: Tasmania 317/6 (Ben McDermott 117, Jordan Silk 85, Simon Milenko 50*; Mark Steketee 4/84) beat Queensland 316/6 (Chris Lynn 70, Charlie Hemphrey 58; Riley Meredith 3/62) by four wickets