Victoria v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Melbourne, 4th day March 6, 2014

Butterworth leads Tasmania to draw

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tasmania 206 and 291 for 7 (Butterworth 107*) drew with Victoria 523 for 9 dec.

Victoria's press for a second win in the tournament was shut out by Luke Butterworth's third first-class century as Tasmania salvaged a draw in Melbourne.

Butterworth began the day on 6 and his side was still 407 runs in arrears. He displayed remarkable patience and carried his bat through the day, refusing to provide any opportunity for the Bushrangers to orchestrate a turnaround. Tim Paine, the Tigers' captain, was equally stoic in his 158-ball vigil for 44 as only two wickets fell in the entire day's play.

The Bushrangers' only hope came when Paine was run-out and Ben Hilfenhaus bagged a duck, but the wobble was remedied as Xavier Doherty lasted 139 balls for his 20 and his 70-run stand for the eighth wicket with Butterworth lasted 48 overs to shut Victoria out

Both teams lag in the bottom half of the points table with the Tigers on 16 from nine games played and the Bushrangers with 10.

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  • Dylan on March 7, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    What's Butterworth averaging with the ball this season? 50?

  • James on March 7, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    @Bikkie Ess: Who's the Keeper?

  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    oh dear, Rahul. Methinks you are getting just a little carried away. Australia can and will look at others before these two. When the time comes for Haddin and Watson to pull up stumps, think Faulkner and Maxwell first. Both have experience and form on the board.

  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    Suprised that someone like Luke has never got chances for Australia ! He would make a brilliant number 7 if we could slot in a brilliant batsman/keeper like Whiteman at 6 ! Both the batting and bowling get stronger !

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