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March 10, 2013
Tasmania 245 (Wells 82) and 6 for 342 dec (Doolan 83, Cosgrove 63, Wells 52, Faulkner 52*) beat Queensland 281 (Burns 120, Hopes 72, Hilfenhaus 4-84) and 143 (Pomersbach 61, Butterworth 4-30, Hilfenhaus 4-33) by 163 runs
Ben Hilfenhaus cut through Queensland's top order and Luke Butterworth followed up to hand Tasmania a resounding 163-run victory in the Sheffield Shield match at the Gabba.
The Tigers' win leaves all six states still in contention for the Shield final with one round remaining. They began the day hoping to build on a 190-run lead, and quick runs from Tim Paine and James Faulkner achieved this goal, setting the Bulls 307 to win in a little more than two sessions.
The Tigers took a definitive grasp of the contest on either side of lunch, dismissing the first four Bulls batsmen for eight runs and leaving a varied seam attack to work through the rest. Only Luke Pomersbach and Nathan Reardon offered resistance.
Hilfenhaus' eight wickets for the match showed he is finding strong form after missing the India Test tour due to his recovery from a side strain.
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