Tasmania v South Australia, Pura Cup, Hobart, 1st day November 16, 2004

Bevan shines before Tasmania fade

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Tasmania 7 for 240 (Bevan 106, Dawson 73, Tait 4-61) v South Australia

Michael Bevan's second century on the trot was offset by Tasmania's late stumble © Getty Images

Michael Bevan collected his second century in two Pura Cup matches but the quality of his contribution was reduced by a late Tasmania collapse against South Australia at Bellerive Oval. Bevan, who shared a 179-run partnership with the opener David Dawson, guided the Tigers through a difficult first session to the safety of 1 for 196.

But after Bevan fell to Mark Cosgrove, the South Australia fast bowlers Shaun Tait and Paul Rofe took the new ball and five wickets for seven runs. Tait was again impressive with his pace and movement, while Rofe pounced to remove Dan Marsh and Sean Clingeleffer in two balls. Tait then added his fourth wicket as Tasmania limped to stumps.

Marsh won the toss and by lunch Tasmania were 1 for 40 after losing Jamie Cox. Dawson crawled to 73 from 243 balls, but at the other end Bevan played a flashy innings to add to his hundred against Victoria last week.