Tasmania v SA, Sheffield Shield, Hobart, 3rd day March 13, 2014

Gulbis makes history in massive Tasmania victory

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Tasmania 651 (Gulbis 229, Cosgrove 110, Sayers 4-145) beat South Australia 212 (McDonald 83, Bird 6-50) and 123 (Gulbis 4-7) by an innings and 316 runs

Evan Gulbis made the second highest first-class score for a No.8 batsman - after Wasim Akram's 257 against Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura in 1996 - and then took 4 for 7 to spearhead Tasmania's innings-and-316-run victory against South Australia in Hobart. Needing 439 to make Tasmania bat again, South Australia were dismissed for 123 in 47.1 overs in their second innings.

Tasmania began the third day at Bellerive Oval on 8 for 507 in their first innings, with Gulbis resuming on 156. He found a steady partner in Xavier Doherty, who contributed 43 to an 84-run stand for the ninth wicket. Gulbis then took his team past 600 with a 60-run stand with last man Jackson Bird, and became only the fifth double-centurion at No. 8 - and the first Australian - in first class cricket. Before this innings of 229 off 293 balls, Gulbis had scored only 217 runs in 17 first-class innings, with a high score of 80. His record-breaking effort led Tasmania to 651.

Having been on the field for 168.5 overs, South Australia made a steady start to their second innings, with their openers adding 59. It was their largest partnership. Gulbis made the first breakthrough for Tasmnaia, dismissing Sam Raphael for 30. He then returned to take the last three wickets in the space of four balls to end the match. In between Gulbis' strikes, Luke Butterworth wrecked the South Australia middle order with three rapid wickets, finishing with 3 for 18 in 11 overs.

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  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    imagine if he had got the hattrick and a double ton in the same match. would never ever be bettered.

  • John on March 14, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    I had the pleasure of captaining Evan when he played at Williamstown CC. This type of performance doesn't surprise me. Good kid with a lot of determination. He is probably batting too low (and has batted a lot higher in a one dayer) so is capable. Great result - and really pleased for Ev : ) JT

  • Shane on March 14, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    he did start his first class career with 4 consecutive ducks so he is coming from a fair way back. All the same he has played some valuable innings this year, obviously not on that scale though. Good on him!

  • Philip on March 14, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    @ Jason83 - it will be a surprise to some. About a year ago, Gulbis got a fairly substantial mention in an article about players who couldn't bat (and made ducks etc) after an inauspicious start to his FC career. The author clearly had never seen him. Gulbis can clearly bat. I have no idea why Victoria let him go and concentrated on the like of Alex Keath instead, but there you go...

  • hayden on March 14, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    well done to tassie on their record win but seriously saca are bloody useless!!! create their best chance to make a shield final in years then go to tassie (a team with only pride to play for) and just roll over and die!!! pathetic SA!!! get rid of berry and botha and start playing south aussies in the south australian cricket team!!! rejects for interstate and overseas arent going to win us the shield - we've proven this over 10 years!!! if we are going to loose lets loose with south australians!!! sayers, putland and george are a good bowling line up so why do they only play 1 or max 2 of these players in any match?

  • Jason on March 13, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    I watched Gulbis for about 2 years smash 100's in grade cricket in Melbourne. This comes as no surprise.

  • Andrew on March 13, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    Where was the South Australian captain? Where was the second highest wicket taker this season? For that matter, where was the ex-SA player Mark Cosgrove?

  • Stuart on March 13, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    @ Jono Makim, I'm sure Tassie initially signed Gulbis from Melbourne grade cricket for his batting, but he's had a tendency to get bowled too easily against first class bowlers. His bowling has improved and has kept him in the side. I don't know if they'll move him too far up the order, but he's obviously a very dangerous batsman when he gets going.

  • Dummy4 on March 13, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Incredible performance from Gulbis... what is it Tassie and allrounders? Is he the next Keith Miller or was this some sort of one off big day out?

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