Tasmania v South Australia, Pura Cup, Hobart, 3rd day December 8, 2006

Draw likely as Redbacks crawl further in front

Cricinfo staff

South Australia 349 and 1 for 108 (Elliott 61*) lead Tasmania 305 (Marsh 76, Birt 71, Tait 4-74) by 152 runs

The Tasmania tail, led by Adam Griffith with 45, almost pinched first-innings points © Getty Images

Matthew Elliott extended South Australia's lead with an unbeaten 61 after a gallant Tasmania tail fell 44 runs short of stealing first-innings points. With the Redbacks now boasting a lead of 152, it seems only a sporting declaration by Darren Lehmann could produce a result on the final day.

Tasmania resumed at 7 for 196, needing an unlikely 154 more to take a first-innings lead and when Daniel Marsh was caught behind for 76 it appeared his side had little hope. But the last three batsmen, led by the No.10 Adam Griffith with 45, proved hard to remove.

Brendan Drew made 20 before Lehmann had him trapped lbw and the final pair, Griffith and Ben Hilfenhaus (24 not out) took the score to 305. But Shaun Tait, who claimed 4 for 74, ended the resistance when he had Griffith caught by Dan Cullen.

Elliott and Daniel Harris took their time when the second innings began. Harris was the only man out before stumps, run out for 17 from 73 balls. Elliott's innings included nine fours but occupied 124 deliveries and Cameron Borgas faced 61 balls for his 18 not out.