Tasmania v Victoria, Sheffield Shield, Hobart, 3rd day January 31, 2010

Quiney hundred sets Tasmania big chase

Cricinfo staff

Victoria 297 and 8 for 321 (Quiney 139*, Finch 50, Butterworth 4-57) lead Tasmania 262 (Paine 64, Pattinson 4-52, Wright 3-52) by 356 runs

Rob Quiney's second first-class century gave Victoria hope of victory against Tasmania after James Pattinson helped the Bushrangers snare first-innings points early on the third day. At stumps, Victoria had reached 8 for 321 with Quiney unbeaten on 139 and Pattinson on 1 and their 356-run advantage meant a hefty final-day chase for the Tigers.

The Victorians began the second innings with a 35-run lead but the match threatened to turn in Tasmania's favour when Luke Butterworth ran through the top four batsmen. Victoria were 4 for 65 when Quiney and Aaron Finch came together in a 98-run stand that ensured the visitors regained control of the game.

Finch, who was playing his first Sheffield Shield match, was caught behind off Brett Geeves for 50 but Quiney continued to increase Victoria's lead, helped by Matthew Wade (47). Quiney was in his 26th first-class appearance and was under some pressure to lift his output and he did so, passing triple figures for his state for the first time since October 2008.

The battle for first-innings points in the morning was a short one - Tasmania began the day needing 48 runs and the Bushrangers wanted three wickets. The breakthroughs came via Pattinson, who finished with 4 for 52, and the former Tasmania fast man Damien Wright, who collected 3 for 52.