Tasmania v Victoria, Pura Cup, Hobart, 3rd day February 14, 2007

Quiney and Hussey give Victoria the edge

Cricinfo staff

Victoria 9 for 283 dec and 7 for 311 (Quiney 82, Hussey 80, McDonald 59) lead Tasmania 9 for 308 dec (Paine 63*, Harwood 4-75) by 286 runs

David Hussey's 80 drove Victoria into a strong position against Tasmania © Getty Images

Robert Quiney and David Hussey put Victoria in a position to set Tasmania a testing final-day target as they built a 286-run lead at Hobart. The Bushrangers, who lost the first-innings points on day two, quickly moved ahead and Quiney and Hussey combined for an important 110-run stand.

Quiney, who is on debut, was responsible for guiding Victoria in the early stages and he collected a maiden half-century. However, his push for a hundred was ended when Dan Marsh had him caught at first slip for a well-made 82.

Hussey, the captain, collected 11 fours as he eased to 80 off 141 balls before he fell charging Marsh in the push for quick runs. Michael Klinger (41) and Andrew McDonald (59) made useful contributions and Victoria, who lost two late wickets, reached 7 for 311 at the close. An outright result is important for both sides with Victoria sitting in second and Tasmania in fourth on the Pura Cup table.