Stumps Tasmania 197 and zero for 54 (Silk 20*, Doolan 20*) want one other 400 runs to beat Western Australia 367 and eight for 283 dec (Whiteman 93, Quick 61, Bell Three-72)
Sam Whiteman’s 93 and D’Arcy Quick’s quickfire 61 helped Western Australia prolong their in a single day lead of 172 to 453 earlier than declaring within the day’s remaining session. Tasmania, needing an unbelievable 454 to win, had been zero for 54 at stumps, 400 away from victory and on the again foot. A fourth-day win for Western Australia will enhance their possibilities of qualifying for the Defend remaining, whereas a draw for Tasmania would preserve their finals hopes alive.
Medium-pacer Gabe Bell was the decide of the Tasmania bowlers, taking Three for 72 in 21 overs. His first two wickets rocked Western Australia again after a half-century opening stand. Captain Tim Paine then used otherwise-wicketkeeper Matthew Wade to a few overs, and he picked up 2 for 20.
After batting for 75 overs on the day, Western Australia declared with their lead over 450. Tasmania openers Jordan Silk (20*) and Alex Doolan (20*) made an unbeaten partnership of 54 in 19 overs earlier than play was known as off.
Earlier within the day, a 67-run third-wicket stand between Western Australia captain Mitchell Marsh (42) and Whiteman lifted them after a quick wobble brought on by Bell’s double-wicket spell. When Whiteman was the fifth man to go at 178, Quick took management. He struck 5 fours and two sixes in his 69-ball innings, and was nonetheless unbeaten when the staff declared at eight for 283.