Hobart: A delayed declaration, rain and two slow-scoring openers gave Victoria a realistic chance of saving its Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania in Hobart on Sunday.
|With a day to go, Victoria was 350 runs behind after Tasmania batted until lunch, amassing a record 527 for nine before declaring. In the 110 minutes of play possible before the onset of rain, Jason Arnberger (19) and Matthew Elliott (17) whittled 38 runs off the first innings deficit. Rain permitting, the Victorians will still have to bat throughout Monday to deny Tasmania its first win of the season. Tasmania resumed at 435 for six and its innings meandered on for another two hours. In that time, wicket-keeper Sean Clingeleffer reached 112, his second century in successive matches, and fast bowler Damien Wright failed by a run to record his third half century of the season. |