Tasmania v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Hobart

Dunk and Paine steer Tasmania

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 29, 2013

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Tasmania 6 for 299 (Dunk 89, Paine 78) v New South Wales
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Ben Dunk drives through the off side, Queensland v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane, 2nd day, November 7, 2013
Ben Dunk has made four half-centuries so far in the Sheffield Shield season (file photo) © Getty Images
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Ben Dunk and Tim Paine steered Tasmania to a solid score on the first day of their Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales in Hobart, but both men missed the chance to reach triple-figures. Tasmania were in some trouble at 4 for 118 when Dunk and Paine came together for a 143-run fifth-wicket partnership and by stumps, the Tigers had moved on to 6 for 299 with Luke Butterworth on 15 and Evan Gulbis on 7.

All of Tasmania's top four made starts but none passed the 30s as Sean Abbott, Trent Copeland and Doug Bollinger kept them in check. But Dunk and Paine then dug in for a strong stand that pushed the score along to 261 before Dunk was bowled for 89 by Sandhu, missing the opportunity for his maiden first-class hundred.

It was Dunk's fourth half-century in the Sheffield Shield this summer and it moved him to fourth on the Shield run tally. Paine lasted a little longer before he was caught off the bowling of Copeland for 78, missing out on the chance for his second first-class century and his first since 2006-07.

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Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (November 29, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

Meety. We have Hartley, Pearson and another young guy in the wings at QLD. Quite content up here.

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (November 29, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

So many keepers turned batsmen or keeper/bats around the country at the moment, must be the Gilchrist effect still radiating through the youngsters.

Doolan's form, like last year, has plummeted after starting well. He really needs to score more hundreds to cement his spot as the next cab of the rank, however he has probably lost that spot to North/Hughes.

Posted by Cricket1960 on (November 29, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

I'm sure Dunk and Paine were more concerned about Tasmania winning than personal glory. They had a job to do, and they did it.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

Dunk looks to be a serious talent :) Good to see so many keepers like Dunk, Paine, Whiteman, Head, Bancroft, Carters, etc scoring runs ... Hope we have many young batters vying for selection after this season !

Posted by Meety on (November 29, 2013, 10:40 GMT)

What is it with Keepers scoring runs this summer? Bet QLD wish Dunk was back north!

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