The Tasmanian Tigers’ batting line up continued to have issues on Day 1 of their Sheffield Shield clash against Victoria at the MCG.
Tasmania made three changes to the side which lost to Queensland in Hobart last week, with Jackson Bird, Jake Doran and Beau Webster all missing.
Tim Paine, James Faulkner and debutant Riley Meredith came in with the visitors looking to open their account for the season.
After losing Alex Doolan in the second over of the day for a duck, Jordan Silk and George Bailey combined for a handy 61-run partnership.
Silk was steady for his 36 runs but was bowled after missing a full toss from spinner Fawad Ahmed.
WATCH: Gabe Bell snares four wickets in Victoria's first innings
This triggered the Tigers’ third serious batting collapse of the season, losing 7-62 to be in real strife at 8-124.
But Tasmania captain George Bailey was resolute and as wickets fell around him, he produced a gritty innings of 106 from 178 deliveries to at least provide some hope to the Tigers.
Gabe Bell provided some handy assistance and although he only scored two runs, he faced 40 deliveries in the process which allowed Bailey to up the scoring rate from the other end.
The Tigers were eventually bowled out for 172 – Ahmed (4-68) and Scott Boland (3-43) doing most of the damage.
WATCH: George Bailey hits 106 against Victoria at the MCG
Victoria had issues of their own with the bat, suffering an early collapse in their first innings as well.
It was Bell who ran riot through the Bushrangers’ top order – at one stage he had figures of 4-9 as he claimed Travis Dean, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Handscomb and Aaron Finch in quick succession to have the hosts staring down the barrel at 4-25.
But opener Marcus Harris (61*) and Dan Christian (28*) steadied, taking the Vics to stumps at 4-103, trailing by 69 runs.
The full Victoria vs Tasmania scorecard is available here.