Tasmania 389 and 3 for 39 lead South Australia 363 (Borgas 78, Harris 77, Duval 53, Macdonald 3-65, Krejza 3-85) by 65 runs

Tasmania held on for first-innings points despite a late flurry from South Australia's Chris Duval on the third day at Bellerive Oval. On a day cut short by bad light, the Redbacks fell 26 runs short of Tasmania's total and with rain expected on the final day, they would need a miracle to have any hope of victory.

However, South Australia had not yet given up hope with Peter George grabbing a pair of early wickets to take his match tally to ten. At stumps, Tasmania were wobbling at 3 for 39 with George Bailey on 8 and Daniel Marsh on 2.

The Tigers were fortunate to escape with a first-innings advantage after Cameron Borgas posted 78 in the middle order to take the Redbacks to within 87 runs of their target. When he departed, caught behind as one of three wickets for Tim Macdonald, it left South Australia with little apparent hope.

But Duval wasn't about to give up and he crunched his second first-class half-century, striking three fours and three sixes in his 53 before he was caught off Jason Krejza. Duval was one of three victims for Krejza.