It’s 5/118 at stumps in reply to Victoria’s first innings of 127, Matthew Wade is not out 44 Jake Doran is not out 2.
Tasmanian captain Wade won the toss and sent Victoria to bat, it was an unseasonably warm day and the wicket looked green.
Victoria went to lunch at 6/55 and it looked as if the decision was spot on. When Victoria fell to 8/66 it looked like Tasmania could take a stranglehold on the game. Perhaps it still has but it remains to be seen what impact a remarkable 8th wicket partnership for Victoria will have on the its outcome.
Nic Maddinson adopted tactics normally associated with Big Bash League and he produced a minor masterpiece of a counter attacking innings. Those who saw it will remember the innings for a long time. Maddinson made 17 of his first 43 balls then unleashed a furious assault on the Tasmanian bowlers taking a particular fancy to the short eastern boundary. The residents of suburban Bellerive sure knew there was a cricket match going on as balls rained into the neighbourhood at regular intervals off the middle of Maddison’s blade. No Tasmanian bowler was safe from this assault. Maddinson scored 11 of his teams 15 boundaries and all but two of the 55 run 8th wicket partnership with Scott Boland.
Tasmania’s bowlers shared the wickets around with Pyecroft and Bird taking two each and Bell and Meredith two each. Meredith was as exciting to watch as ever picking up the wickets of Handscombe and Pucovski with well directed and quick short pitched deliveries.
With the wicket still green and the sun beaming down Victoria with its high class attack of Peter Siddle, Scott Boland, Chris Tremain and Jon Holland set about defending its modest and semi respectable total of 127.
Tasmania lost Beau Webster (4) and Charlie Wakim (0) before tea and shortly after the break Alex Doolan chopped one on to his stumps from Peter Siddle for 15. 3/31 looked a shaky scoreline to say the least.
Then George Bailey and Matthew Wade combined for a 4th wicket stand of 69. It was fine batsmanhip from the experienced pair against a top notch attack. Numerous plays and misses went side by side with close lbw calls but the pair prevailed.
When Bailey reached 41 he hit a ball straight back to Jon Holland and was out for 41. An innings than brought back memories of his peak years and hinted at plenty more shield runs to come.
Caleb Jewell made just three but the redoubtable Wade 44* and Jake Doran 2* made it to sumps with their team in the better position. Doran will sleep well tonight after taking 5 catches in the Victorian innings.
It’s all to play for on what’s forecast to be another warm day in Hobart on Friday...