Butterworth bowls Tasmania to victory
Tasmania 326 and 234 (Birt 68, Siddle 4-30, Pattinson 4-40) beat Victoria 276 and 261 (Quiney 102, Wade 60, Butterworth 5-41) by 23 runs
Luke Butterworth capped off an excellent all-round game with a match-winning five-wicket haul as Tasmania sneaked home by 23 runs to deliver Victoria's first Sheffield Shield loss at the MCG since October 2007. Rob Quiney's third first-class century brought Victoria within sight of their target of 285, before he was the last man out, caught at gully off Ben Hilfenhaus for 102.
Fittingly, it was Butterworth who took the final catch, after he set up the result with four top-order wickets as Victoria slumped to 5 for 88. But Tasmania's march was halted by Quiney and Matthew Wade, who combined for a 142-run partnership that brought the match back on to an even footing at tea.
However, when Wade fell for 60 to Xavier Doherty, it sparked a tail-end collapse that scuppered Victoria's hopes. All the responsibility was heaped on to Quiney, the last of the recognised batsmen, but as stumps drew nearer they lost their last five wickets for 31 to hand Tasmania victory.
The win was a terrific 27th birthday present for Butterworth, who finished with match figures of 9 for 77 in addition to making a valuable 39 in the second innings. Tasmania's last pair had added eight runs on the final morning, before Peter Siddle grabbed the last wicket to end up with 4 for 30.