Tasmania v South Australia, Pura Cup, Hobart, 4th day November 19, 2004

Wright leads Tasmania to victory

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Tasmania 375 and 9 for 280 dec (Bevan 100) beat South Australia 290 and 170 (Wright 6-25) by 195 runs

Damien Wright celebrates taking the wicket of Callum Ferguson in a remarkable pre-lunch spell © Getty Images
Damien Wright wrecked South Australia's batting line-up, taking a career-best 6 for 25, as Tasmania powered to a 195-run win in their Pura Cup match. Requiring 366 for victory, South Australia were never in the hunt, with Mark Cosgrove (58) and Jack Smith (47) providing the only resistance.

Wright started the slide when he had Tom Plant, the South Australian opener, trapped in front for 8. Wright then had Ben Cameron caught magnificently by Dan Marsh for a second-ball duck (2 for 17). Then, in his next over, Wright struck twice: Greg Blewett was caught at point by a ball which jumped off a length, while Callum Ferguson was bowled shouldering arms to one that nipped back (4 for 22).

Cosgrove and Smith frustrated the Tasmanians, defying the bowlers and putting together 87 for the fifth wicket. Wright came back to nail Smith shortly after tea, but South Australia's batsmen continued to resist, with Cosgrove's 58 taking more than four hours. They were only 27 balls from holding on to a draw when Paul Rofe edged a catch off Adam Griffith to end the match.

Earlier, Michael Bevan completed his second century of the match from the first ball of the day. Bevan, who had scored 106 in the first innings, was out immediately after completing his century - his third in a row this season - but his twin hundreds were enough to win him the Man-of-the-Match award. Marsh then struck an unbeaten 58 off just 47 balls before Tasmania declared at 9 for 280. That left South Australia with a daunting fourth-innings target, which they ultimately fell well short of.