Tassie through to one-day final

TASMANIA have powered into the Ryobi One-Day Cup final with an emphatic seven-wicket victory over Queensland in Hobart.

Test opener Ed Cowan and rising star Jonathan Wells cracked centuries as the Tigers chased down a competitive Bulls total of 8-282 with 16 balls to spare, never giving the visitors a sniff of the bonus point victory they needed to make the decider.

Cowan and Wells put on 223, the fifth highest second-wicket partnership in domestic one-day history as Tasmania completed the highest chase at Bellerive in the domestic one-day format.

Tasmania will play in their fourth final in five seasons and are now a chance of hosting South Australia on February 25.

The Tigers moved to 26 points on the ladder, ahead of the Redbacks’ 23 with SA still to play Victoria in their last regular season game on Saturday at the MCG.

Cowan and Wells paced the innings perfectly, ensuring the 226 needed to deny Queensland the bonus point was in sight before hitting the accelerator in a bid for the home final.

The Tigers’ chase didn’t begin well when Cosgrove was out lbw to Bulls quick Alister McDermott for 1 in just the third over.

Wells escaped two early exits on 7 and 45 when keeper Ben Dunk dropped him and missed a stumping on a poor night in the field for the visitors.

But Wells and Cowan put Queensland out of business in the 38th over when a boundary from the Test opener took the home side to 1-228.

Cowan’s 125 came off 107 balls with 13 fours and two sixes before he was run out, while Wells steered the side home with an unbeaten 121 from 145 balls.

Earlier, Queensland rebounded from 2-16 with young gun Chris Lynn making 98 off 100 balls and an injured Nathan Reardon 67 off 68.

An in-form Jackson Bird was the best of the Tigers’ bowlers with an impressive 2-20 from seven overs.

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