Tasmania v South Australia, Pura Cup, Hobart, 2nd day December 7, 2006

Redbacks on target for first-innings points

Cricinfo staff

Tasmania 7 for 196 (Birt 71, Marsh 57*, Tait 3-41) trail South Australia 349 (Harris 85, Cosgrove 61, Lehmann 57, Hilfenhaus 7-79) by 153 runs

Ben Hilfenhaus leads the competition with 19 wickets this season © Getty Images

Last-placed South Australia are on the verge of taking first-innings points against the competition leaders Tasmania despite a seven-wicket haul from Ben Hilfenhaus. The Tigers lost three batsmen in the last four overs of the day to finish at 7 for 196 in reply to South Australia's 349.

Tasmania's chase started poorly when Shaun Tait (3 for 41) and Jason Gillespie made two breakthroughs each to leave the home side at 4 for 79. A 112-run partnership between Travis Birt and Daniel Marsh (57 not out) gave the Tigers hope but Dan Cullen trapped Birt lbw for 71 late in the day, sparking a mini-collapse.

Cullen had Sean Clingeleffer caught by Daniel Harris for 1 before Tait finished on a high, claiming Brett Geeves lbw for 1 with the last ball of the day.

The Redbacks resumed at 5 for 288 and Darren Lehmann (57) quickly brought up his half-century before he became Hilfenhaus's first victim of the day. Hilfenhaus, who had claimed three wickets on day one, finished with 7 for 79 - the best figures by any bowler in the Pura Cup this season. He and the in-form Andy Bichel now lead the competition with 19 dismissals each.