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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Bonus win

Tim Paine has revealed an improved mental approach has been one of the springboards to his strong start to the summer.
Nanjing Night Net

CAPTAIN’S KNOCK: Tim Paine gets one away during his hundred against the CA XI on Wednesday. Picture: Getty Images

The stand-in-skipper struck 101 from 98 balls to guide Tasmaniato an eight-wicket bonus point win in Wednesday’s Matador Cup clash with the CA XI at Allan Border Field.

Paine brought up his ton with a boundary with three balls remaining in the 40th over to ensure the extra point for the Tigersand allow them to get redemption for last summer’sshock loss to the group of talented youngsters.

It was the first win for the tournament for Dan Marsh’s men after suffering a heartbreaking one-run, Duckworth Lewis loss to Queensland on Monday.

Having previously spoken about the technical changes to his game,Paine, who also contributed 34 from 38 balls against the Bulls, spoke post-game about the influence of Cricket Tasmaniasport psychologist Emma Harris on his game.

This resurgencehascome after a poor summer with the bat against the red ball that saw him lose his place in the Shield line-up.

“I’ve felt really, really good the past few months in our practice games, and that has been a nice change compared to the last couple of years, so I’m planning on making that count,’’ Paine said.

“I’ve changed a couple a little things technically that I used to do way back (when), which I’ve gone back to, and I’ve also done a little bit ofsport psych stuff.

“I obviously lost a lot of confidence over the past two years, and that was about reinforcing the fact that I am still quite a good player and if I believe that, I will produce more often than not.”

Paine found solid support in Dom Michael in the Tigers’ chase.

The duo combinedfor a 162-run second wicket stand, with Michael contributing 83 from 108, as the Tigers finished at 2-239.

Ben Dunk made 26 from 20 before being run out and Alex Doolan provided a nice cameo at the end with an unbeaten 23 from 14.

“The bonus point was the important thing,’’ Paine said.

“We set ourselves a good platform to the 30th(over) and then decided to have a go at it, so it was nice to finish the job.

“(But) the Cricket Australia XI beat us last year, so our first goal was to play well and to hopefully win the game.

“It was a really important win for us, as we thought we played well in the first game and we probably deserved to get a win in that game.”

Spin twins Xavier Doherty (3-34 from 10 overs) and Cam Boyce (2-51 from nine overs) troubled the CA XI as they were restricted to 9-236.

Simon Milenko took 2-49 with the new ball, with Jackson Bird (1-45 off 10 overs)and Hamish Kingston (1-44 off 10)taking a wicket each whileJames Bazley top-scored with 45 from 52 balls.

Tasmania’s campaign now moves to New South Wales, with a clash against the Blues at Hurstville Oval on Sunday, with Paine saying: “If we can keep focusing on what we can do well, we know we can challenge.’’

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