Queensland v Tasmania, Pura Cup, Brisbane, 4th day October 15, 2007

Di Venuto's fight too much for the Bulls

Cricinfo staff

Tasmania 158 and 5 for 457 (Di Venuto 178, Marsh 92*, Bailey 76, Birt 72) drew with Queensland 6 for 544 dec

Michael Di Venuto took charge for Tasmania with 178 to prevent an outright loss © Getty Images

A committed Michael Di Venuto improved the mood of the title holders as he helped Tasmania earn a fighting draw against Queensland. The Tigers were behind from the first morning, but Di Venuto helped them claw away from trouble on the final day with 178 and highly valuable partnerships with George Bailey and Dan Marsh.

It was a frustrating conclusion for Queensland, who picked up only one wicket in each of the first two sessions and none in the abbreviated last. The Bulls began the morning with a 185-run advantage but Di Venuto, who resumed on 95, brought up his 43rd first-class century and then set about cutting the deficit further.

Bailey provided strong support, reaching 76 before he edged to Murray Bragg, and Di Venuto departed shortly before tea with Tasmania needing another 14 to make Queensland bat again. He faced 351 balls, struck 21 boundaries and was eventually dismissed hitting a straightforward catch to Ryan Broad at square leg.

Marsh and Sean Clingeleffer comfortably passed the target and once that was achieved Marsh had some fun. He raced to 92 but did not bother attempting a century as he and Jimmy Maher, who had to be happy with two first-innings points, agreed to call the game off early when a result was out of reach.