Tasmania v South Australia, Pura Cup, Hobart, 3rd day November 18, 2004

Tasmania ride on Bevan's 98

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Tasmania 375 and 4 for 203 (Bevan 98*) lead South Australia 290 (Manou 97, Doherty 5-66) by 288

Michael Bevan: on the verge of his third consecutive hundred © Getty Images

A fantastic 98 from Michael Bevan lifted Tasmania to a lead of nearly 300 on the third day of their Pura Cup game against South Australia at Bellerive Oval. Bevan was on the verge of his third consecutive century, finishing the third day on 98 not out, as Tasmania lead by 288 when stumps were drawn.

Tasmania claimed their first Pura Cup points of the season dismissing South Australia for 290, with Xavier Doherty, the left-arm spinner, finishing with a five-wicket haul.

The day began with South Australia shakily placed at 6 for 128 but Graham Manou, their captain, led a spirited fightback as he raced to 97 from 105 balls. Along with Dan Cullen (42), he added 134 for the eight wicket, before being stumped while trying to hit Doherty out of the ground.

Starting their second innings 85 runs ahead, Tasmania lost wickets at regular intervals but Michael Bevan held fort at one end. He smashed 15 fours in his 135-ball knock, whoch helped them consolidate their position.