Paine ton a bonus for Tasmania
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Tasmania believe they can challenge for honours in this season's one-day cup after Wednesday's thumping win over the Cricket Australia XI in Brisbane.
Tasmania looked in control from the outset at Allan Border Field and cruised past the CA XI's total of 9-236 off just 39.3 overs, earning a bonus point in the process.
Tim Paine proved the star for Tasmania with the batsman-wicketkeeper scoring 101 not out, and hitting the winning runs to bring up his century as the Tigers reached 2-239.
The Tigers, seeking to end a seven-year domestic one-day cup drought, lost to the youthful CA XI last season - the only side to do so.
But after an unlucky one-run loss to Queensland in a rain-affected season opener on Monday, Tasmania say they have hit the ground running.
"If we can keep focusing on what we do well, we know we will challenge," said Paine.
"We played really well in the first game and probably deserved to win that.
"It is nice to be on the board now and to now try and keep playing the way we have been."
Paine and Dom Michael (83) put on a confident 162-run partnership for the second wicket leaving the result a foregone conclusion.
By the end, interest turned to the race for a bonus point, which Tasmania achieved with three balls to spare.
"The bonus point is an important thing," said Paine.
"We built a good platform and we decided to have a go at it.
"Our initial goal was simply to play well and win the game, but to be in that position after 30 (overs) and then hit the winning runs was nice."
The CA XI struggled throughout their innings and were rescued from an ignominious 8-175 to eventually reach a competitive total thanks to tailenders Liam Hatcher (31) and Tom O'Donnell (28no).
Left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty was the chief destroyer firing out three top-order batsman for figures of 3-34.
"Xavier was terrific, he comes on and is at the batters all the time and, if you make a mistake, he normally gets you," Paine said.
But it was Paine who was the undoubted star of the show following a couple of modest seasons.
And the 31-year-old, who played four Tests for Australia in 2010, revealed he had refocused his approach to the game during the off-season.
"I changed a few little technical things and have also done some work with a sports psych.
"(I did that because) I have lost a lot of confidence in the past two years so it is about reinforcing the fact that I'm still quite a good player, and that I believe I will produce more often than not."