Tasmania v Queensland, Sheffield Shield final, Hobart, 5th day March 26, 2013

Tasmania's third Shield win, Ponting's first


Tasmania 419 (Silk 108, Butterwoth 86, Hopes 4-71) and 251 (Faulkner 89, Paine 87, Harris 4-32) drew with Queensland 225 (Forrest 56, Gulbis 4-62) and 6 for 183 (Reardon 51, Butterworth 2-30)


A draw was all Tasmania needed for their third Sheffield Shield triumph, and a draw was what they celebrated after a relatively uneventful final day at Bellerive Oval, Hobart.

The title-winning moment came not with a wicket, but a solid front-foot defensive stroke from Hartley. But the celebrations were no less emotive or spontaneous. Twenty years after his debut for Tasmania, Ricky Ponting finally added a Sheffield Shield title to his long list of career achievements.

Queensland took the final three wickets of Tasmania's second innings within the first seven overs of the morning. James Faulkner, who batted so superbly yesterday, fell 11 runs short of his maiden first-class century when he gloved an attempted hook off Michael Neser through to keeper Chris Hartley. Faulkner's disappointment of missing a century would have been tempered by his well-deserved Man-of-the-Match award.

Luke Butterworth holed out to deep square leg five balls later. Cameron Gannon bounced out Ben Hilfenhaus in the next over. The last four Tasmanian wickets fell to short balls on a surface seemingly lacking life and bounce. It left Queensland needing 446 from 87 overs for the unlikeliest of victories.

The Bulls never made any attempt to chase the set target. The run-rate scarcely exceeded two-per-over throughout the day.

Both Bulls openers, Luke Pomersbach and Greg Moller, like their Tasmananian counterparts yesterday, dragged balls onto their stumps attempting horizontal bat strokes. Peter Forrest became Evan Gulbis' fifth victim of the match when he played the wrong line and lost his off stump.

Nathan Reardon and Joe Burns put together a 63-run stand from 187 deliveries before Luke Butterworth nipped one through the gate to end Burns' season on the stroke of tea. Reardon made his way to just his third first-class fifty before a searing yorker from Ben Hilfenhaus struck him on the toe in front of off stump.

The game looked destined for a draw with Hartley and James Hopes defending stoutly. But when Butterworth trapped the Bulls skipper with 10 overs remaining there was a possibility of Tasmania claiming an outright win. But Hartley and Neser ensured that result never eventuated.

Alex Malcolm is a freelance writer based in Perth

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  • Nathan on March 27, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    Great work Punter. So glad to see him get a Shield title on his looonng list of accomplishments.

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    @ Ken McCarron .... bloody excellent point and I appreciate your rebuttal .... I don't think Lyon or Bird ever played for NSW and Watson was a Queensland Boy from Ipswich so your definition of NSWman is somewhat contradictory.

    But the thing is, I am referring to current state teams.

    We are not playing State of Origin, if we were Queensland would still find a way to win.

  • Andrew on March 27, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    @Aaron roberts - "...if Tassie had Bird and Cowen and Doherty to add to their stocks I reckon they would have beaten any team..." - well I would back a NSW side containing 1. Warner, 2. Watson, 3. Clarke, 4. Smith, 5. Neville, 6. Haddin, 7. Henriques, 8. O'Keefe, 9. Starc, 10. Copeland, 11. Sandhu versus Tassie 1. Cowan, 2. Cosgrove, 3. Doolan, 4. Ponting, 5. Bailey, 6. Silk, 7. Paine, 8. Butterworth, 9. Faulkner, 10. Bird, 11. Doherty - assumed the selection required 1 specialist spinner.

  • Andrew on March 27, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    @__PK on (March 26, 2013, 21:00 GMT) - well if that is so, what do you think the standard of the Shield final would of been like if it was held Calcutta or Mumbai? @Ken McCarron - good work except that Hauritz really is a QLDer. @Jo Langford - so many logic faults - I am struggling to find where to begin; 1. Bird was injured, but even a theoretical fantasy land, he was on the tour to India so therefor should be bowling to Wade! On top of that, by rights, full strength Shield teams should always be stronger than the National side as there would be nobody left to play for the National team. Apart from Burns, name a QLD batsmen better than anybody on the tour of India? I would back Starc/Pattinson/Siddle & Lyon in Oz conditions (has to be in Oz because the Fantasy you live in can't accurately translate what State players like Faulkner would of done in India) over "...Harris, Bird, Hilfenhaus and Hauritz..." even though Bird should be on the bench for the National team!

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    Joseph Langford, you are kidding... Well done to Tasmania but there are a few things worth noting. Australia could field at least two teams of current and former NSW players. Here's an Aussie team of purely NSW origin: Silk, Cowan, Hughes, Clarke, Khawaja. Smith, Haddin, Hauritz, Bird, Starc and Cummins. Here's the second side with some imports: Rogers (born In NSW and his dad played for NSW), Watson, Forrest, Christian, Henriques, Hastings, Neville, Lyon, Hazlewood, Bollinger and Copeland.

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    @ Chris P .... you have got to be kidding. I would put a full strength Queensland or Tasmanian Team up against the current Australian Team any time, knowing full well that they would be more competitive than Australia was against India. In saying that, imagine a combined TAS/QLD Team against the current Australian Team. Who would you leave out!!!

    You can have Wade keeping to Maxwell, Siddle and Maxwell. I'll have Hartley keeping to Harris, Bird, Hilfenhaus and Hauritz. On the bench I have Butterworth, Hopes, Faulkner and Paine. Who have you got?!?!?

    Now do I really need to do the batting line up?? My team is AWESOME!!!

    Yep!!! 3-Test Match Trail Series in November 2013.

    And why exactly was Khawaja taken .... so he couldn't play the last half of the Sheffield Shield season?? so he couldn't play the Sheffield Shield Final?? because he certainly wasn't taken to India to play cricket!!!

    But no matter what ..... well done Tasmania.

  • Sean on March 26, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    @Chris_P Good thing it's not like Tasmania had any players out, Like Cowan, Bird & Doherty out for the final. Or Laughlin, Bailey, Hilfenhaus, Faulkner, Ponting all doing stints with the national side during the Summer.

  • Paul on March 26, 2013, 23:54 GMT

    Chris Hartley and Ben Cutting wouldn't disgrace themselves in the current Test side. Might be a novelty having a wicketkeeper that can actually keep properly.

    Cutting averaged 38 with the bat, and was taking wickets at 18. Khawaja only averaged 39.

    I think Hartley is better than Paine, but both are better than Wade.

  • Andrew on March 26, 2013, 23:50 GMT

    @Chris_P on (March 26, 2013, 19:08 GMT) - not only that, the nearly pointless England ODI A-team tour (that 7nil one!), also coincided with Shield fixtures. Teams are only ever near full strength in Oct & Nov. == == == Well done Tassie, the 1st innings probably won't make anyones highlight reel, but that type of ticker is required at Test level, (only have to look at the 4th Test in India & 3rd Test in NZ to see what a bit of spine can achieve). Brilliant Harris VERY nearly pulled a win out of the hat for QLD. @Mitty2 - - I agree re: Burns & Doolan. Burns was a bit unlucky in the 1st innings - that "catch" Paine took was dubious to say the least. IMO - in an International match - the Video Umpire would of knocked that back. Silk's innings was pleasing, but he needs to back it up with another strong Shield season. I wouldn't select him for another 12mths - unless of course, by November he has played anothe 4 or 5 Shield games & maintained or bettered his current ave!

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    On that rational @Chris_P, if Tassie had Bird and Cowen and Doherty to add to their stocks I reckon they would have beaten any team. Both Cowen and Cossie have mentioned many times that culture in Tas cricket is much stronger that their respective states and this has been a contributing factor in their success. QLD looked to have created a wonderful culture under Lehman and Hopes too, otherwise, they would not keep competing with the payers they have. Not always about test stars.

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