Tasmania is well placed to win its first game of the Sheffield Season. It’s 2 for thirty one chasing 139 with Charlie Wakim 8 not out and Matthew Wade yet to score.
Alex Doolan was out last ball before the rain delay at 2.15 LBW not offering a shot to Chris Tremain for 16. Beau Webster was out first ball of the innings caught in the gully by Will Pucovski of the bowling of Peter Siddle. Under heavy skies and the full power of the light towers its been a very tense run chase so far with numerous LBW shouts and close shaves behind the wicket.
Earlier Victoria resumed on 6/182 holding a lead of just 63 runs. Under cloudy skies the tail did well to take the total as far as 237. Peter Siddle was last man out for a typically determined 21. Scott Boland 24 and Chris Tremain 14 offered good resistance as well. Sam Harper was the other man out bowled through the gate by Alex Pycrof for 17.
It was another good all round performance by Tasmania’s bowlers. Jackson Bird was immaculate and finished with 4 for 65 off 27 overs. Riley Meredith bowled with pace and fire and picked up three wickets for 76 off 18.2 overs. Alex Pycroft and Gabe Bell offered excellent back up as well. Pyecroft finished with 1 for 40 off 22 overs, Bell took 1 for 39 off eleven overs.
Jake Doran took 5 catches in the Vicorian second innings to make it 10 for the match. That equals the record for the most number of catches by a Tasmanian keeper in a Sheffield Shield game.
When the rain fell this game was in the balance and when play resumes Tasmania will look to its captain Wade to steer them to victory. Despite the modest size of the run chase the task won’t be easy against a high class Victorian attack.