A fascinating Sheffield Shield contest between Tasmania and South Australia is set for a grandstand finish after an absorbing day three of action.
The Redbacks entered day three at 7-170 and managed to add a further 57 runs to the total thanks to Kane Richardson (32) and Nick Winter (18) combining for a 41-run stand.
Tom Rogers managed to add to his overnight tally of three wickets with the dismissal of Winter, finishing with 4-58 and seeing the Redbacks finish all out for 227, 166 runs behind the hosts.
Jordan Silk and Alex Doolan got Tasmania off to a steady start in response with the Tigers eager to build a big lead.
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Doolan found the boundary three times on his way to 17 before being trapped LBW by Joe Mennie in the 13th over, ending a 41-run opening stand.
Silk continued on in the absence of Doolan, hitting nine boundaries in a knock that displayed the impressive form he is in, despite only just coming back from a collarbone injury.
Silk looked to be managing the swinging Dukes ball quite comfortably before a sharp Joe Mennie delivery snuck past his defences and rattled his stumps on 53.
Beau Webster, who had been batting alongside Silk fell six overs later for 18 and from there the floodgates opened for South Australia, taking the Tigers from 2-94 to 7-100 in the space of just five overs.
Webster, George Bailey (0) and Matthew Wade (0) all fell to Daniel Worrall while Jake Diran (2) and Tom Rogers (0) fell to Nick Winter as the tight control the Tigers held over the contest threatened to slip.
Simon Milenko and Sam Rainbird managed to navigate a tricky period prior to tea to get the Tigers through to the break without further loss and then continuing afterwards for a settling 45-run stand.
Kane Richardson broke through for his first wicket of the innings with Milenko caught in the deep by Winter for 33, while Jackson Bird (4) and Andrew Fekete (8) soon followed to see Sam Rainbird finish unbeaten on 12 and the Tigers all out for 164 – 330 runs ahead of the visitors.
The Tigers were impressive with the ball late in the day with Sam Rainbird taking the big wicket of debutant Conor McInerney for 19 in the 13th over.
The Redbacks persevered, however, with Jake Weatherald (16 not out) and Callum Ferguson (11 not out) steering the Redbacks to 1-49 at stumps, 281 runs behind Tasmania.
Rainbird bowled brilliantly in the final session, finishing the day with 1-13 from eight while Andrew Fekete (0-9 from five) and Jackson Bird (0-18 from seven) also piled the pressure on South Australia.
All the day four action will get underway from 10.30am tomorrow morning at Blundstone Arena with free entry!