Tasmania heads into Day 4 against Victoria in a dominant position thanks to a career-best innings from Alex Doolan.
Resuming at 1-180 yesterday, Doolan and George Bailey set about continuing to build the Tigers’ total and keeping Victoria in the field.
Bailey reached his second half-century of the match, but was caught in the gully shortly after for a well-made 59 from 129 deliveries.
The runs continued to pile on thanks to Doolan and his new partner Tim Paine, as they batted through to the lunch break.
Doolan passed 150 shortly after the main interval and continued to punish any loose offerings from the Bushrangers – his innings a mix of patience and class as he hit the ball to all parts of the ground.
He reached his second career double-ton shortly before tea, with Paine also bringing up a quality half-century before the break.
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The pair accelerated after tea and when the lead reached 452 Bailey had seen enough, declaring and setting Victoria a mammoth chase in three-and-a-bit sessions.
Doolan finishing with a magnificent career-high 247 not out from 380 deliveries, while Paine ended with 71 not out.
The home side’s innings got off to a disastrous start, with Travis Dean trapped LBW by Sam Rainbird for 12.
Marcus Harris and Glenn Maxwell put together 37 before Harris was caught behind by Matthew Wade, giving James Faulkner his first wicket of the innings.
With rain forecast in Melbourne today, the Tigers will be chasing quick wickets whenever they can get on the field.
The full Victoria vs Tasmania scorecard is available here.