Tasmania v South Australia, Pura Cup, Bellerive Oval, 4th day December 15, 2005

Dawson's unbeaten 144 claws a draw for Tigers

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Tasmania 8 dec for 421 and 4 for 291 (Dawson 144*, Birt 52) drew with South Australia 638
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David Dawson produced a timely second first-class hundred to seal a battling draw for Tasmania in the Pura Cup match against South Australia. The Tigers, who were 3 for 15 on the opening day, spent the entire match fighting back - they even gave up a 217-run deficit despite declaring at 421 in the first innings - and Dawson helped them scramble to safety with an unbeaten 144.

Playing patiently throughout the day, Dawson was 13 not out as Tasmania resumed at 1 for 30 and studied 293 balls while denting South Australia's hopes of a victory. Dawson, who spent 12 overs traversing the 90s, combined for partnerships of 113 with Michael Bevan and 83 with Travis Birt to cross out the Redbacks' advantage.

Bevan was scratchy in his 41, which included an early lbw shout and a run-out near-miss, while Birt was more fluent in hitting six fours and a six in his 52 before he was dismissed by Trent Kelly from the last ball before tea. Jason Gillespie collected George Bailey, who scored 155 in the first innings, after the break for 7 but Dawson and Sean Clingeleffer made sure there were no late hiccups and they finished on 4 for 291.