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20th Match, Melbourne, March 15 - 18, 2022, Sheffield Shield
355 & 209
(T:231) 334/7d & 234/8

Victoria won by 2 wickets

Player Of The Match
146 & 47

Victoria eye run chase after Murphy stars again

After declaring behind the home side's bowlers made regular inroads

Todd Murphy was in the wickets again, Victoria vs Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Junction Oval, March 17, 2022

Todd Murphy was in the wickets again  •  Getty Images

Tasmania 355 and 7 for 170 (Wade 50, Murphy 3-43) lead Victoria 7 for 334 dec (Dean 146, Harper 93) by 191 runs
Victoria will head into the final day of the crucial Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania in Melbourne with an eye on victory after a see-sawing day three ended with the home side in the ascendancy.
Some inspired spin bowling from rookie Todd Murphy saw Tasmania battle their way to 7 for 170 at stumps, a lead of 191. In just his second first-class outing, offspinner Murphy followed up his four-wicket first innings haul with 3 for 43.
Among his scalps were Australia duo Matthew Wade and Ben McDermott, with the pair briefly looking likely to build a handy lead. But the 62-run third-wicket stand ended when McDermott was caught on the boundary for 21, and Wade was then dismissed at first slip for 50 ending his 87-ball knock.
Tasmania lost 4 for 19 and were in danger of completely capitulating at 6 for 105 only for allrounder Tom Andrews to hit a quickfire 40 off 49 deliveries.
That Andrews was run out in an extremely tight decision was emblematic of Tasmania's change of fortunes in a match they largely dominated for two days.
Middle-order batter Jordan Silk ended unbeaten on 22 after a gritty 96-ball stay at the crease.
With only South Australia out of contention, both sides went into the penultimate fixture with two wins apiece and vying for a spot in the final at the end of the month.
After a significantly disrupted season, points will be divided by matches played and Victoria, having played fewer matches, are at a slight advantage over their opponents.
Victoria opened day three at 4 for 210 and still with work to do to haul in Tasmania's 355, ultimately declaring 21 runs in arrears at 7 for 334.
The partnership of Travis Dean and Sam Harper continued to blossom and only ended at 187 when the latter was trapped lbw for 93.
Dean fell just short of his highest first-class score when he was bowled for 146, having reached three figures late on day two.

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