The Mercury: New boy Rose lives last-over dream

Via The Mercury

LESS than two weeks ago, Clive Rose was unable to help his club side Kingborough chase down 114 against South Hobart-Sandy Bay in a Twenty20 match, with the Knights falling two runs short.

On Tuesday he finally fulfilled every cricketer’s dream in hitting the winning runs for Tasmania against Queensland in a Ryobi Cup thriller. And he did it in style.

With the Tigers looking down and out needing 29 runs from 16 balls with just two wickets in hand — and facing Ashes star Ryan Harris — Rose cracked four consecutive boundaries to whittle the equation down to 13 runs from 12 deliveries…

…for Rose, playing only his third match in Tigers colours, it was redemption for his efforts with Kingborough still fresh in his mind.

“A couple of weeks ago for my club team I had to hit the winning runs and unfortunately I couldn’t do the job and probably lost the game for us actually,” the former Victorian said yesterday.

“After that I said to the boys that I had been in that position a couple of times and actually never been able to finish the game … so for that to happen [on Tuesday] was just amazing, first time I’ve ever experienced it and actually ended up winning a match.

“With Kingborough I think I left it too late to try and score the runs.

“We needed a run a ball at one stage and I thought we could just take some singles, but we should have kept going and tried to hit boundaries to make it easier.

“Against Queensland we needed just over a run a ball and we could have kept taking singles but I thought if I could get a couple of boundaries away, it would make it a lot easier for us to get the runs. Fortunately we only needed three off the last over.”

Rose finished unbeaten on 26 from nine balls, his second significant contribution for his adopted state after he snared 2-33 in his Tasmanian debut against South Australia.

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