Tasmania has chased down its victory target of 139 for the loss of six second innings wickets. It began the day on 2/31 having lost Alex Doolan to the last ball of play on day 3, LBW to Chris Tremain for 16. Beau Webster fell off the first ball of the innings for no score.
In contrast to the mid-afternoon rain and gloom of Saturday, Sunday dawned much brighter and Tasmania made the most of the better going.
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Not out batsmen Charlie Wakim and Matthew Wade set about the remainder of the run chase intent on moving the scoreboard along at a bright rate and negating the possibility of a middle order collapse. They did that successfully until when the total was 84 Charlie Wakim drove at a wide ball from Peter Siddle and edged a catch to Victorian keeper Sam Harper, Wakim had made 36 and had done a good job for his team, he and Wade put on a priceless 53 for the third wicket. The sort of partnership that can break the back of a small run chase. When George Bailey joined Wade at the crease the total was 86 and the victory target was well within sight.
Bailey made 10 before he edged a ball from Tremain and was also caught behind. Caleb Jewell who finished 14 not out and Wade who finished 57 not out finished the job for Tasmania and the team enjoyed singing the team song early on the fourth day.
Wade’s batting continues to set the standard for Tasmania if not the whole Sheffield Shield competition. Both his innings were invaluable in the context of this game. His team will have big shoes to fill when its skipper decamps to the test team later this month.
Tasmania’s next game is against South Australia at the Adelaide Oval starting next Monday. It’ll approach the game high on confidence after outplaying Victoria these last four days.