Tasmania v Victoria, Sheffield Shield, Hobart, 1st day March 14, 2013

Ponting ton makes it Tasmania's day

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tasmania 6 for 369 (Ponting 104, Cosgrove 81, Wells 71, Silk 52) v Victoria

Ricky Ponting clattered his third Sheffield Shield century of the summer as Tasmania maintained their late push to reach the competition final with a confident batting ensemble against Victoria on day one at the Bellerive Oval.

Aside from Ponting, Mark Cosgrove, Jon Wells and Jordan Silk all passed 50, making it a largely barren day for the Bushrangers, who entered the final round as narrow leaders of a tightly bunched Shield table.

Ponting's hundred arrived at a fair clip, John Hastings in particular facing heavy punishment although Fawad Ahmed again held his own with two wickets, including James Faulkner from the final ball of the day, and reasonable economy.

The Tigers attacked in the closing overs, perhaps with an overnight declaration in mind given rain is forecast for the weekend. Silk and Cosgrove had given the hosts an ideal platform by adding 120 for the first wicket, and their partnership of contrasts has looked promising since debuting against the Bulls in Brisbane last week.

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  • Mal on March 14, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    I wonder if the Australian Media are regretting hounding him into retirement yet ? He'll be over in England during the Ashes by the way.....

  • Dummy4 on March 14, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    jordan silk looks like a promising young top order batsman. he plays well against bot pace and spin. i would like see him play for australia a in uk this year. burns, doolan, khawaja, cowan and bailey will be playing in county cricket. so hopefully other guys like quiney, fergusson, s.marsh, maddinson, m.marsh, whiteman can be picked for australia a squad along with bowlers like bird, fawad ahmed, butterworth, sayers and cummins. future looks great for the ausssies.

  • Peter on March 14, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    Punter! No pressure, no worries! Another season please, help the youngsters through.

  • Robert on March 14, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Have to say I'd like to see Punter play another year of shield cricket; just to go out and simply enjoy playing the game for a season (or more). Too many of the good and the greats of our game don't get to see that at the end of the long hard grind that constitutes an international career.

  • Mashuq on March 14, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Fawad Ahmed must go to England. He's got the maturity of an experienced leggie. Agar would be slaughtered. Take him on the A tour so he's a chance for the return series.

  • Sachin on March 14, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Well played Ponting, getting ready for IPL, see u soon in India, with my home team, Mumbai Indians

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