Tasmania v Victoria, Sheffield Shield 2015-16, Hobart February 25, 2016

Bowlers, Dunk put Tasmania on top

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tasmania 2 for 115 (Dunk 78*, Doolan 26*) trail Victoria 165 (Webster 3-18, Kingston 3-40) by 50 runs

File photo - Andrew Fekete took the key wickets of Travis Dean and Peter Handscomb © Getty Images

Bottom-placed Tasmania added considerable tension to the race for the Sheffield Shield final by making a storming start to their match against the competition leaders Victoria at Bellerive Oval.

Sent in to bat, the Bushrangers were rolled for 165 on a pitch that offered some assistance to the seam bowlers, before Ben Dunk led the Tigers to a comfortable 2 for 115 at the close.

With three rounds remaining, Victoria had been in comfortable possession of the first spot on the table, but the loss of regular wickets in Hobart offered hope for their pursuers.

No Victoria batsman passed 30, with the sometime Australian pace prospect Andrew Fekete claiming the key wickets of Travis Dean and Peter Handscomb.

Tasmania shared the spoils, including a three-wicket burst for the part-time off breaks of Beau Webster and another trio of wickets for the seamers of Hamish Kingston.

Chris Tremain found a way past Tim Paine and Webster when Tasmania batted, before Dunk played sweetly with sound support from Alex Doolan to take the hosts within 50 runs of a first innings lead.

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  •   Jono Makim on February 26, 2016, 7:21 GMT

    @Dunger.Bob, not very would be the answer I think. Should be on the fringes for the white ball stuff though, even if he did have a poor BBL, he's had a great shield season.

  • rob on February 26, 2016, 1:58 GMT

    That's Ben Dunks 4th ton this year isn't it? I wonder how closely the selectors are looking at him.

  •   Naylor Smith on February 25, 2016, 15:46 GMT

    Victorian batsman are so inconsistent. They make 500 one game then get bowled out for 150 in next. Also their bowling stocks look weak without Siddle and Pattinson.

  •   Damien Laing on February 25, 2016, 13:54 GMT

    Compliment that in his first season T Dean is a 'key wicket'

  • wayne on February 25, 2016, 10:24 GMT

    Agreed, Annoyedofit - Paine's time was 5-6 years ago. In the last few years his batting in FC cricket has let him down considerably, I'm a little surprised to see him back in the Tassie side - maybe they're hoping his BBL form will translate? Or they're in need of some senior players? On another note, Tasmania are fielding four wicket-keepers in this match (Paine, Dunk, McDermott, and Triffitt)! I'm happy to see Triffitt is the one wearing the gloves, though.

  • annoyed on February 25, 2016, 8:47 GMT

    More failures from White and Paine and people still want them in the national side. Both a waste of space

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