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Fekete puts Tasmania ahead in race to Shield final

Tasmania 344 (Doran 57, Silk 55, Tremain 6-81) and 4 for 73 (Siddle 2-22) lead Victoria 182 (Christian 69, Fekete 6-67) by 235 runs

A career-best haul from Tasmania fast bowler Andrew Fekete has put the Tigers on track for their first Sheffield Shield final in five years.

Victoria, bidding to reach its fourth Sheffield Shield final in a row, were dismantled by Fekete who took 6 for 67 to hand the Tigers a 162-run first-innings lead. Dan Christian was the only shining light with the bat, making 69.

The Bushrangers made inroads in the second innings, reducing the Tigers 4 for 73 at stumps on day two to keep themselves in the game. Still, with the lead at 235 and six wickets in hand, it's Tasmania who is calling the shots.

Earlier in the day Chris Tremain picked up two of the Tigers last three first-innings wickets to finish with 6 for 81. It was his second six-plus wicket haul in three matches, after taking 7 for 82 against Western Australia at the WACA.