Tasmania have pushed into a strong position after two days of absorbing Sheffield Shield action at Blundstone Arena, with Tom Rogers starring with both bat and ball.
An eye-catching performance with both bat and ball from Tom Rogers has steered Tasmania to a strong position at stumps on day two, with the Tigers bowling attack taking full advantage of the final session to lead by 223 runs.
The Tigers entered day two at 6-281 and managed to add a further 112 runs to their overnight tally with Matthew Wade (68) and Tom Rogers (41) taking their seventh-wicket partnership to 94 before Wade fell to Kane Richardson.
Richardson then took the wicket of Rogers six overs later before Sam Rainbird (10) and Jackson Bird (32) added 31 runs for the 10th wicket.
Nick Winter backed up his impressive day one to take the wickets of both bowlers to finish with 5-81, but not before Bird played with great freedom to hit four boundaries on his way to an impressive cameo.
The Tigers backed up this batting display with a disciplined bowling performance.
Rogers was fantastic with the ball, utilising his ability to generate swing brilliantly to capture the crucial scalps of Jake Weatherald (22), Travis Head (4) and Jake Lehmann (15).
Rogers’ three-wicket haul now sees him as the competition’s third highest wicket taker with 32.
WATCH: Day Two Highlights from Blundstone Arena
Experienced Redbacks duo Callum Ferguson (51) and Tom Cooper (33) threatened to thwart Tasmania’s momentum, combining for a 61-run stand for the fifth wicket before Jackson Bird took his first scalp of the day, Cooper edging behind in the 46th over.
The Tigers pounced thereafter with Simon Milenko, who was forced off the field after landing awkwardly on his knee earlier in the afternoon, joining the attack and swiftly taking two quick wickets to finish with 2-9 from four overs.
Milenko did well to tempt Alex Carey to cut, with an edge going through to Wade before getting arguably the most significant wicket of the day in Callum Ferguson with his very next over.
Joe Mennie and Kane Richardson managed to hold on until stumps for the Redbacks with South Australia 223 runs behind.
Rogers was the pick of the bowlers for Tasmania, finishing the day with 3-45, while Andrew Fekete (1-31), Jackson Bird (1-38) and Sam Rainbird (0-34) also causing plenty of headaches for the South Australians.
The Tigers will head into day three of the clash eager to knock the Redbacks over as quickly as possible as they try to set up a result in pursuit of a top two finish.
Play gets underway at Blundstone Arena from 10.30am tomorrow.