Butterworth leads Tasmania to draw
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.