Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Bowlers, Dunk put Tasmania on top

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

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.

Victoria 3rd innings Partnerships

1st51A AyreTJ Dean
2nd5MP StoinisA Ayre
3rd0A AyrePSP Handscomb
4th17MS WadePSP Handscomb
5th19CL WhitePSP Handscomb
6th15CL WhiteDT Christian
7th8CL WhiteCP Tremain
8th130CL WhiteSM Boland
9th0Fawad AhmedSM Boland
10th20Fawad AhmedJK Reed