Tasmania v South Australia, Pura Cup, Hobart, 2nd day November 17, 2004

Tasmania rise from bottom to top

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Michael Di Venuto raises his bat and his half-century against South Australia © Getty Images

South Australia 6 for 128 (Blewett 39) trail Tasmania 375 (DiVenuto 91) by 247 runs

Tasmania began under pressure before they pulled ahead with a state-record ninth-wicket partnership and then dominated South Australia with five wickets in the hour before stumps at Bellerive Oval.

Resuming in trouble at 7 for 240, Michael Di Venuto, who was last out nine short of his century, and Xavier Doherty added an invaluable 119 before Doherty departed. While Shaun Tait was attacked after his four wickets on day one, Paul Rofe returned the economical figures of 3 for 50 from 38 overs.

South Australia were travelling comfortably in reply until they lost 5 for 37, with Damien Wright and Doherty each picking up two wickets. Callum Ferguson was the last to fall in the final over when he edged Brett Geeves.

Dan Marsh, the Tasmania captain, said their plan was to put pressure on South Australia's young batsmen. "You just want to keep it as tight as you can," he said. "Especially when there's two of them in together you can build up a lot of pressure that way."