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March 17, 2013
Tasmania 6 for 369 dec (Ponting 104, Cosgrove 81) and 7 for 325 dec (Silk 127, Ponting 86, Cosgrove 50, Ahmed 4-122, Herrick 3-97) beat Victoria 358 (D Hussey 112, Rogers 73, Gulbis 5-104) and 225 (Quiney 55, Faulkner 5-56) by 112 runs
A storming final day lifted Tasmania from the bottom rungs of the Sheffield Shield table to the top, their victory over a free-falling Victoria handing the Tigers a third consecutive appearance in the final and the priceless advantage of hosting it.
Set 337 to win and host the final themselves after leading the table for much of the summer, the Bushrangers lost their wickets in two clumps either side of an 80-run stand between David Hussey and Peter Handscomb. James Faulkner again showed his knack for vital wickets, claiming five as Tasmania maintained their standing as the most consistent domestic side in the country.
Tasmania had a stiff task ahead of them at the start of the day to achieve a result on a good pitch, but bold innings by the youngster Jordan Silk - a century in only his second Shield appearance - and Ricky Ponting allowed captain George Bailey to declare for the second time in the match.
They ultimately won with more than 10 overs to spare, before Queensland's win over Western Australia in Perth ensured the final would be played between the Tigers and the Bulls for the second season in a row, only this time in Hobart rather than Brisbane.
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