Ridgway's farewell as Tasmania and Victoria draw

Lawrie Colliver

March 12, 2000

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On an increasingly benign wicket, Victoria settled for batting practice today as their match in the Apple Isle petered out to a draw, with the Vics 331 ahead with five wickets in hand when stumps were called.

Victoria were never in any threat of outright defeat today as they lost only three of their batsmen today, with Tasmania's bowlers unable to gain any success in the opening session and thus unable to apply any pressure on their northern neighbours.

Mark Ridgway took his last first class wicket in the fifth over after lunch trapping left handed Matthew Mott in front for 86 after over four hours resistance.

An hour later, Laurie Harper after a brisk 40, was bowled by a ball from Andrew Downton.

Meantime Brad Hodge was quietly closing in on a hundred and seemed set for it and in fact it took part time bowler Michael Divenuto to knock him over a boundary short of the milestone, trapping him in front for 96.

Ian Harvey got a good two hours batting practice with an unbeaten 78 as his side look north to a chance to take the Pura Milk Cup out of odds on favourite Queensland's hands.

Quite appropriately on a day of little other significance, Ridgway who fibbed about his age for a couple of years until someone checked his driver's licence one day in the changerooms, bowled his and the match's last over and was applauded off the ground as he led his side off the Bellerieve Oval for the last time.

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