The Tasmanian Tigers have very nearly pulled off an incredible run chase in their JLT Sheffield Shield Round 9 clash vs. Western Australia at Blundstone Arena, only to fall 52 runs short of the mammoth 454 target.
With each side's season on the line. WA controlled the game effectively for three and a half days before the Tigers roared back into contention via an incredible partnership of 183 from 195 balls between Matthew Wade (134) and Ben McDermott (69).
Alas, as is so often the case with a big run chase - a side may get to the point where they seem on track for a remarkable victory, only for a couple of quick wickets to highlight just how far they still were from home.
When Wade and McDermott fell, the best efforts from Tim Paine (47) and Jackson Bird and Alex Pyecroft couldn't rally the Tigers over the line.
Tasmania now faces NSW on Wednesday with pride to play for. A loss for NSW, though, and a win for WA at home vs. Queensland, will see the Warriors leapfrog the Blues into the Shield decider to be held at the Junction Oval on 28 March.
Aside from the final day heroics from Wade and McDermott, the bright sparks for the Tigers through the first three days were Jackson Bird (5/70), who secured his sixteenth five-wicket haul in First-Class cricket, Sean Willis, who'll remember his first touch of the ball in the field at Shield level forever and Alex Pyecroft - who bowled superbly in the second innings to slow the Warriors' scoring rate.
The Tigers' final match of the summer begins from 10:30am on Wednesday, with a livestream on www.cricket.com.au. Entry is free.