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Outbacks winless after Twenty20 round

Monday, 6th January, 2020

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By Peter Argent

Across the five Twenty20 Games, North Broken Hill cricketer Tobias Hack has been restricted to just cameo appearances with the bat as the South Australian Outbacks have struggled, unable to grab their first victory of the tournament.

“Yes it has been a little frustrating not getting more time at the batting crease, but I’m here to play my role for the team,” Hack explained to the Barrier Daily Truth from Toowoomba. 

 “In the hustle and bustle of Twenty20 cricket the opportunities just haven’t afforded themselves yet.

“The facilities as you’d expect for a national championship have actually been very good.

“The Oval at the Captain Cook Ground was playing pretty low and slow by the fourth game after having trampoline bounce the first match, but that was expected.

“Considering we are still looking for a first win, the mood of the group is still pretty positive.  

“We are looking forward to get into the one-day phase of the competition as we think that will suit us as a playing group.” 

The closest the SA Outbacks got to a victory was in the round three game against Queensland, on Saturday morning. Chasing 154, they fell agonisingly two runs short.  

Coach Paul Pasculli confirmed that the Silver City left-hander hadn’t had many opportunities as yet. 

He believes Hack will play a bigger role in the 50-over one-day competition.  

The coaching staff has been frustrated by the number of dropped catches in the outfield during the opening three days, suggesting upwards of a dozen chances have slipped through players’ hands, which had a significant impact on the chances of grabbing that breakthrough victory. 

In the opener against Queensland, chasing 4/135, South Australia finished on 9/89.  

Batting in the middle order, Hack made 13 to be the second top scorer in the side batting at number six. He faced 14 balls in a 31-minute occupation of the crease. 

As the Outbacks side went down by 46 runs against last year’s title winners Western Australia in game two at Middle Ridge Park, Hack had a game off, as a part of the player rotations. 

In the round three thriller against Queensland, Hack was at the batting crease on three not out. 

He’d face just four balls in a nine-minutes stay.  

In the round four match, where the Outbacks lost by nine wickets to Victorian Country, Hack was dismissed for six. 

Against the Australian Capital Territory side, returning to the Australian Country Cricket Championships after a hiatus, and chasing 150, South Australia were bowled out for 95. 

This time Tobias made five, batting at number three.

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