Victoria v Tasmania, Pura Cup, MCG, 3rd day February 26, 2005

Victoria take control after Bevan's ton

Cricinfo staff

Victoria 8 for 477 dec and 1 for 121 (Arnberger 67, Hodge 52) lead Tasmania 346 (Bevan 144, Clingeleffer 46) by 252 runs

After Michael Bevan's sixth century in seven games threatened to keep Victoria from the final, a rapid stand between Jason Arnberger and Brad Hodge pulled the game back Victoria's way. Both scored half-centuries after losing Matthew Elliott to the fourth ball of the innings. They took their team to 1 for 121, giving them an overall lead of 252 with a day to go.

Tasmania were dismissed for 346 shortly after tea, after Bevan struck 144 and was involved in a 101-run stand with Sean Clingeleffer (46). This left Bevan with five innings to beat Matthew Elliott's record of seven centuries and 1381 runs. Bevan currently has 1023 runs. "I'm overjoyed with the season I've had so far," he said to AAP, "and hopefully there can be a couple more before the end of the season. There's going to be a result which is good for both teams, obviously good for Victoria given their position and it would be nice for us to have a win ... as well."

Cameron White, Victoria's captain, did not let on at what score he would declare, but said that it would be a tantalising prospect for the chasing team. Victoria require an outright victory to keep their Pura Cup hopes alive.