Tasmania v New South Wales, Pura Cup, Hobart, 3rd day March 5, 2005

Bevan and Di Venuto shut out NSW

Cricinfo staff

New South Wales 367 and 0 for 14 trail Tasmania 2 for 401 dec (Bevan 170*, Di Venuto 157*)

ANother century for Michael Bevan © Getty Images

A fantastic unbroken partnership of 277 between Michael Bevan and Michael Di Venuto gave Tasmania first-innings points on the third day of their Pura Cup match against New South Wales at Hobart.

Resuming at 2 for 252, the two left-handers went on a boundary-hitting spree and cruised past NSW's first-innings total of 367. Bevan's seventh hundred of the summer, a record-equalling one, contained 21 fours and two sixes. Di Venuto also played his part with 157 not out from 231 balls, with 20 fours.

The superb stand snuffed out any chance of NSW entering the final, as Tasmania declared at 2 for 400, a lead of 34. There were two rain breaks during the day, but NSW ended proceedings at 14 for no loss.