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Bevan presses on and on

Michael Bevan made his highest first-class score to give New South Wales first-innings points in their Pura Cup match against Tasmania at the SCG today

AAP
21-Dec-2003
Tasmania 322 and 2 for 105 (Watson 56*) trail New South Wales 462 (Bevan 216, Thornely 81, Katich 53) by 35 runs
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Michael Bevan blows a kiss on reaching his double-century
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Michael Bevan made his highest first-class score to give New South Wales first-innings points in their Pura Cup match against Tasmania at the SCG today. After Bevan guided NSW to a mammoth first-innings total of 426, Tasmania were 2 for 105 in their second innings at stumps on day three, still 35 runs behind NSW.
Resuming on 110, Bevan made it to 216 when he was caught by Sean Clingeleffer off Dan Marsh. Bevan faced 416 balls in all, hitting 30 fours and a six. He combined in crucial partnerships with Dominic Thornely, who scored 81, and with Brett Lee. Those two stands, worth 163 and 100 runs respectively, ensured NSW a healthy total after struggling at 2 for 29 on the second day.
Xavier Doherty finished with figures of 4 for 142 from 40.4 overs in a tidy effort which contained everybody except Bevan, Thornely and Simon Katich (53). Bevan's century was the 59th of his first-class career, and has boosted him to 16,754 runs from 213 appearances.
Resuming today on 4 for 255, NSW lost Thornely, Nathan Pilon, Lee, Nathan Bracken and Liam Zammit, but still led by 140 runs on the first innings after Tasmania's total of 322.
At stumps, Shane Watson was unbeaten on 56 for Tasmania after Lee trapped Jamie Cox lbw for a duck.