Western Australia v Tasmania, Pura Cup, Perth, 3rd day November 29, 2005

Tasmania's bowlers give them hope

Cricinfo staff

Tasmania 234 (Di Venuto 78, Kremerskothen 66) and 0 for 53 need another 295 runs to beat Western Australia 405 and 176 (Rogers 73)

Western Australia ended the third day of their Pura Cup clash against Tasmania at Perth in a good position, but some good bowling gave the visitors an outside sniff of an improbably victory. They closed on 0 for 53 in pursuit of a target of 348.

Tasmania's innings had its share of drama. David Dawson was dropped by wicketkeeper Ryan Campbell when he had made 9 - he was 17 not out at stumps - and Michael DiVenuto (32 not out) caused a few flutters among his team-mates when he required lengthy treatment after being struck on the elbow by Ben Edmondson.

The day had started well for Western Australia, even though Scott Kremerskothen delayed procedings with a spirited 66, and Tasmania were bowled out for 234, a first-innings deficit of 171. Rather than enforce the follow on, WA looked to press home their advantage by building an insurmountable lead.

But that plan soon came off the rails as Scott Kremerskothen (3 for 22) ripped through their middle order to leave them teetering on 6 for 108, of which Chris Rogers made 73. Darren McNees (3 for 47) chipped in with late wickets as Western Australia were bowled out for 176.