Tasmania v Queensland, Pura Cup, Hobart, 3rd day January 20, 2005

Maher tames Tasmania with 170

Cricinfo staff

Queensland 401 & 271 (Maher 170, Griffith 4-85, Geeves 4-94) lead Tasmania 333 (Di Venuto 79, Clingeleffer 72, Bichel 4-53) by 339 runs

Jimmy Maher, the captain, controlled Queensland's push for a big lead with a blazing 170 on day three against Tasmania at Bellerive Oval. Maher, who was 29 at lunch, dominated in moving to 115 at tea and finished on 170 in a stunning lone hand.

Maher's performance was so outstanding that sundries was the second top-scorer with 22 while Brendan Nash, the opener, chipped in with 20. Adam Griffith, who took 5 for 128 in the first innings, and Brett Geeves both captured four wickets to give their side a chance of chasing 340 in 106 overs on the final day.

Tasmania added 39 to their overnight total as Andy Bichel picked up his fourth victim and Queensland earned two first-innings points. However, the Tigers suffered another blow when Damien Wright limped off the field with a lower leg injury.