Victoria v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, MCG

Doolan and Ponting pile up runs in draw

ESPNcricinfo staff

October 26, 2012

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Tasmania 5 for 439 dec and 2 for 165 (Doolan 60*, Ponting 60*) drew with Victoria 320
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Alex Doolan plays a short ball, Victoria v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Melbourne, 1st day, October 23, 2012
Alex Doolan made an unbeaten 60 on the day he was named in the Australia A side © Getty Images
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Alex Doolan and Ricky Ponting both made half-centuries to help prepare them for their upcoming challenges but rain prevented any chance of a result on the final day at the MCG. Tasmania took the only points from the match having earned a first-innings advantage and when the match drew to its close, the Tigers had reached 2 for 165 in their second innings, with Ponting and Doolan each on 60 not out.

The wet weather in Melbourne meant only 48.5 overs were bowled for the day and James Pattinson picked up the only two wickets for Victoria, when he had Mark Cosgrove for 24 and Ed Cowan for 16. But Doolan and Ponting, who had shared a 151-run opening stand in the first innings, again combined to trouble the Bushrangers, this time with an unbeaten 116-run partnership.

The pair finished the match as the leading two run scorers in the Sheffield Shield this season. Ponting has 350 runs from three matches as he warms up for the Test series against South Africa and Doolan, who was on Friday named in the Australia A side to take on the South Africans in Sydney next week, has made 330 runs from his three games.

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Posted by Trotski83 on (October 26, 2012, 23:11 GMT)

Tasmania were only 119 ahead. You cannot enforce a follow on unless you are 150 runs ahead.

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 22:45 GMT)

SmashingBaby, Tas had a 119 point lead so the follow on wasn't available.

Posted by SmashingBaby on (October 26, 2012, 21:49 GMT)

It's such a shame that aggression has disappeared from first class cricket. The whole point of playing the game is to win, and there is no other sport where a captain can choose to stop batting and send the other team back out in order to go for the win. Tasmania had a 229 run advantage in the first innings and yet never put Victoria into bat for a 2nd time to go for the win. It's very sad, and something that cricket Australia should try and change.

Posted by RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on (October 26, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

Ponting looks really sharp for the upcoming series against sa as opposed to his good friend tendulkar playing in the cl so far ahead of tests v/s eng

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