Tasmania v Victoria, Pura Cup, Hobart, 3rd day November 10, 2004

Bevan and Wright partnership delays Victoria

Cricinfo staff

Tasmania 6 for 235 (Wright 99*, Bevan 95*, Lewis 4-46) & 101 trail Victoria 9 for 432 dec (Rummans 188*, Downton 5-94) & 162 by 256 runs

Michael Lewis high fives a team-mate to celebrate one of his four wickets © Getty Images

Damien Wright and Michael Bevan were both unbeaten in the 90s as Tasmania stayed alive on day three of the Pura Cup match against Victoria at Bellerive Oval. The pair's stubborn seventh-wicket partnership stopped the Bushrangers' march as they rebuilt the second innings from 6 for 46.

Wright passed his career-best score of 65 against Western Australia last summer, while Bevan will push for his first century for his new state tomorrow. Tasmania are still 256 behind Victoria, who haven't won in Hobart for 24 years.

Victoria's last first-class victory in Hobart was in 1980-81, and they tried to end the drought quickly after Graeme Rummans scored 188. Michael Lewis dismissed Jamie Cox for five and then removed David Dawson, Dan Marsh and Sean Clingeleffer for figures of 4 for 18 off 7.4 overs. Mathew Inness claimed the two other wickets before Bevan and Wright combined.