Tasmania have their noses in front after an enthralling day one of the Tigers’ crucial Sheffield Shield clash with South Australia at Blundstone Arena.
Dogged half centuries from Jake Doran and George Bailey steered the Tigers to 6-281 at the close of day one, but a spirited final hour from the visitors levelled proceedings after the duo had taken Tasmania to a strong position.
With overcast conditions, a tricky batting surface and a prodigiously swinging Dukes ball, the Tigers battled hard all day to perhaps just take the honours at the end of play.
Doran (74 off 204 deliveries) and Bailey (55 from 119) were resolute in their approaches, grinding out impressive innings in the face of trying conditions.
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Beau Webster (42 from 100) helped Doran early on after the Tigers slipped to 2-43 with the loss of both Alex Doolan (7) and Jordan Silk (19).
Tasmania showed plenty of the grit that has underpinned recent performances, with Doran and Bailey’s 111-run stand for the fourth wicket backing up Doran and Webster’s 65-run partnership earlier.
However, when Nick Winter, who bowled well all day, got the big breakthrough of Doran in the 82nd over, the Redbacks pounced, with Winter taking the wickets of Bailey and Simon Milenko (0) quickly afterwards to threaten Tasmania’s solid platform.
Matthew Wade (34 not out) and Tom Rogers (11 not out) managed their way through a testing final period to take the Tigers to 6-281 at stumps on an overcast day where the ball was nearly turning corners due to its swing.
Winter was the pick of the bowlers for South Australia, finishing with 3-56 while Kane Richardson (2-59) and Daniel Worrall (1-59) also got breakthroughs.