Tasmania v Queensland, Sheffield Shield final, Hobart, 3rd day March 24, 2013

Gulbis takes Tasmania closer to title

Tasmania 419 (Silk 108, Butterworth 86, Hopes 4-71) lead Queensland 7 for 185 (Forrest 56, Gulbis 3-39) by 234 runs
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A two-hour rain delay was the defining moment of day three. Not a match-winning spell, or a spectacular catch, nor a rear-guard innings. A ten-minute downpour early in the first session led to a two-hour delay and Queensland's pursuit of Tasmania's mountainous first innings total got stuck in the mud as a result.

The final was already in Tasmania's grasp before the local weather did the home team a favour. The Bulls had battled to 2 for 60 when the rain hit. Luke Pomersbach was bowled by Luke Butterworth from around the wicket in the tenth over of the morning. The ball shot under Pomersbach's vertical bat as the variable Bellerive bounce began to leave an indelible mark on the match.

Upon resumption, the Bulls found scoring difficult to come by. The Tigers pace men targeted the stumps all day and used reverse swing to tremendous effect.

Peter Forrest was obdurate, if not defiant, accumulating a patient half-century. But he could not find consistent support.

Both Nathan Reardon and Joe Burns nicked balls that angled in from around the wicket and tailed away.

Chris Hartley survived numerous close lbw shouts and a dropped catch by Paine. But the Tigers keeper spent a large part of his day up to the stumps to the pace bowlers and the deflection was too great for him to grasp.

Evan Gulbis picked up his second wicket in the late afternoon sun when he trapped Forrest on the crease for 56. The former Victorian all-rounder, in just his seventh first-class match, was the pick of the bowlers as he attacked the stumps consistently and swerved the ball both ways at good pace.

The Bulls then aided Tasmania's cause with a needless run out. Hartley was caught ball-watching as James Hopes called for a quick single. He was found only inches short after a high throw from Faulkner at mid-off, but those inches were lost in the delayed response to Hopes' call.

Gulbis picked up a well-deserved third when Michael Neser scratched a good length ball through to Paine in fading light.

The umpires deemed the light insufficient for play not long after. It spared Hopes and Nathan Hauritz a torrid period of batting, but in reality it only delays their difficulties until tomorrow. The Tigers need only a draw to claim their third Sheffield Shield title but Queensland need something extraordinary to turn this match around.

Alex Malcolm is a freelance writer based in Perth

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  • ygkd on March 25, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    Victoria let two future players slip through their fingers when they lost Evan Gulbis to Tassie and Tim Ludeman to SA.

  • Meety on March 25, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    @ blink182alex on (March 24, 2013, 17:41 GMT) - both are injured. McDermott (back & unsure how long he is out), Cutting (Groin & will definately miss the Ashes tour). @Batmanian on (March 24, 2013, 16:18 GMT) - I think Ryan Harris has something to say about Tassie batting out the match!!!!

  • GMFoley on March 24, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    Cutting and McDermott both injured. This would have been a lot more interesting if QLD won the toss and batted first. Oh well. That's the Shield final for you.

  • blink182alex on March 24, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    why aren't Cutting and McDermott playing?

  • Batmanian on March 24, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Hope Tas can make them follow on. May be tough on the bowlers, but the best of both worlds, as they can then have a crack at victory safe in the knowledge they can out a couple sessions for a draw if need be. Otherwise, we'll just see Tas go slow and rattle up an unassailable lead, if not bat the whole match out. Gotta do something about the Shield final format - it really should be a showcase for a comp that needs a bit more attention, as the now chronically leaky pipeline of the Test team -... extreme maybe, but didn't sporting captains used to agree to play a six day Test as a series decider?

  • ygkd on March 25, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    Victoria let two future players slip through their fingers when they lost Evan Gulbis to Tassie and Tim Ludeman to SA.

  • Meety on March 25, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    @ blink182alex on (March 24, 2013, 17:41 GMT) - both are injured. McDermott (back & unsure how long he is out), Cutting (Groin & will definately miss the Ashes tour). @Batmanian on (March 24, 2013, 16:18 GMT) - I think Ryan Harris has something to say about Tassie batting out the match!!!!

  • GMFoley on March 24, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    Cutting and McDermott both injured. This would have been a lot more interesting if QLD won the toss and batted first. Oh well. That's the Shield final for you.

  • blink182alex on March 24, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    why aren't Cutting and McDermott playing?

  • Batmanian on March 24, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Hope Tas can make them follow on. May be tough on the bowlers, but the best of both worlds, as they can then have a crack at victory safe in the knowledge they can out a couple sessions for a draw if need be. Otherwise, we'll just see Tas go slow and rattle up an unassailable lead, if not bat the whole match out. Gotta do something about the Shield final format - it really should be a showcase for a comp that needs a bit more attention, as the now chronically leaky pipeline of the Test team -... extreme maybe, but didn't sporting captains used to agree to play a six day Test as a series decider?

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  • Batmanian on March 24, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Hope Tas can make them follow on. May be tough on the bowlers, but the best of both worlds, as they can then have a crack at victory safe in the knowledge they can out a couple sessions for a draw if need be. Otherwise, we'll just see Tas go slow and rattle up an unassailable lead, if not bat the whole match out. Gotta do something about the Shield final format - it really should be a showcase for a comp that needs a bit more attention, as the now chronically leaky pipeline of the Test team -... extreme maybe, but didn't sporting captains used to agree to play a six day Test as a series decider?

  • blink182alex on March 24, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    why aren't Cutting and McDermott playing?

  • GMFoley on March 24, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    Cutting and McDermott both injured. This would have been a lot more interesting if QLD won the toss and batted first. Oh well. That's the Shield final for you.

  • Meety on March 25, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    @ blink182alex on (March 24, 2013, 17:41 GMT) - both are injured. McDermott (back & unsure how long he is out), Cutting (Groin & will definately miss the Ashes tour). @Batmanian on (March 24, 2013, 16:18 GMT) - I think Ryan Harris has something to say about Tassie batting out the match!!!!

  • ygkd on March 25, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    Victoria let two future players slip through their fingers when they lost Evan Gulbis to Tassie and Tim Ludeman to SA.