A defiant display with the willow on Day 4 has earned Tasmania a share of the spoils with the JLT Sheffield Shield ladder leaders Victoria at the Junction Oval.
Set a mammoth 476 runs for victory at 4.5 runs an over through 107 overs, the Tigers began Day 4 in superb fashion with Alex Doolan (88) and Jordan Silk (41) carrying their bat through the entire first session.
When Silk fell on the second ball after lunch, there was a partnership of 48 between veteran Doolan and second-gamer Charlie Wakim before the Tigers went from 1/160 to 5/189 in 28 overs to give the hosts some hope of an outright victory late in the day.
Ben McDermott (5* from 98 deliveries) and rookie allrounder, Jarrod Freeman 4* (27) successfully saw off enough deliveries to see the match called seven overs early by skippers Travis Dean and Matthew Wade.
The Tigers will now need to win their next home game - a virtual Elimination Final with Western Australia, and pray for a draw or a NSW loss vs. Victoria in Sydney to set-up a 'win and you're in' scenario with the Blues at Blundstone Arena in the final round.
It was Victoria who had the better of the first three days of the game with Nic Maddinson, Marcus Harris and Seb Gotch all starring with the bat whilst Scott Boland was the chief destroyer with the ball.
For Tasmania, Matthew Wade continued to pile on the runs with 86 in the first innings, Sam Rainbird contributed an invaluable 59 with his second half-century in First-Class cricket.
In the second innings, Doolan's 88 was the mainstay - his 32nd First-Class fifty which saw him climb to fourth on the Shield's run-makers table for Season 2018-19.
With the ball, young fast bowler Riley Meredith was the Tigers' standout with 4/86 in the first innings.
The Tigers return home for the long weekend before beginning their must-win clash with WA from Tuesday.
That match begins at 10:30am daily and will be on livestream via www.cricket.com.au. Entry is free.