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Defiant Tasmania maintain Victoria to a draw

SHEFFIELD SHIELD 2018-19

 • Final up to date on Fri, 08 Mar, 2019, 01:02 PM

Doolan's resistance helped Tasmania hold on to a draw

Doolan’s resistance helped Tasmania maintain on to a draw © Getty

A spirited effort from the Tasmania batting division helped them safe a draw in opposition to table-toppers Victoria within the Sheffield Defend conflict on the Melbourne Cricket Stadium on Friday (March eight). Chasing 476 for an unlikely victory, Tasmania completed at 197 for five, having seen by 89 overs on the ultimate day.

Beginning the day at 27 for zero, openers Alex Doolan and Jordan Silk continued their resistance by a 112-run partnership that lasted till the 45th over. Whereas Boland ended the stand by dismissing Silk 9 in need of a half-century, Doolan went on to carry up a hard-fought fifty and placed on 48 runs with Charlie Wakim.

Doolan’s departure, adopted shortly by Matthew Wade’s dismissal, lifted Victoria’s hopes however Wakim and Ben McDermott ensured any risk from the house workforce bowlers was negated. Wakim batted 125 deliveries for his 36 whereas McDermott, performed out 98 deliveries for his rating of 5, holding fort together with Jake Doran and Jarrod Freeman to make sure a draw.

With two extra rounds remaining within the match earlier than the ultimate, Victoria are prime with 39 factors, with solely a two-point distinction with the second-placed New South Wales. Western Australia, at third, have 28 factors whereas Tasmania have 26 to be presently positioned fourth.

Temporary scores: Victoria 454 (Nic Maddinson 136, Marcus Harris 94, Seb Gotch 93; Riley Meredith Four-86) & 307/Three decl. (Will Pucovski 131*, Nic Maddinson 61, Cameron White 52; Riley Meredith 1-30) drew with Tasmania 286 (Matthew Wade 86, Sam Rainbird 59; Scott Boland Four-63, Andrew Fekete Three-104) & 197/5 (Alex Doolan 88, Jordan Silk 41; Jon Holland 2-42, Andrew Fekete 2-44).

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