Late heroics rescue Tasmania in Sheffield Shield

Published: Thursday, January 17, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Hobart: A last-wicket stand of 114 between David Saker and Shane Jurgensen boosted Tasmania to a first innings total of 281 in its Sheffield Shield match against Queensland on Thursday.

Champions Queensland was five without loss in reply after the first day. After being sent in, Tasmania limped to 167 for nine before Saker and Jurgensen frustrated Queensland with 91 minutes of lusty hitting. Saker, who finished unbeaten on 66, equalled his previous best first class score while Jurgensen made 56, easily passing his previous best of 13 not out. Off spinner Nathan Hauritz and debutant fast bowler Damien Mackenzie took three wickets each. In Adelaide, Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin hammered the South Australian (SA) bowlers to set New South Wales (NSW) up a tight battle for first innings points. NSW was 275 for six at the end of day two, needing another 85 runs to take first innings points, with Clarke unbeaten on 94 and Don Nash on six after their brisk century-plus partnership. In reply to SA's 359 for nine declared, Clarke and Haddin came together with the score at 151 for five and NSW still in some danger of failing to reach the 210 needed to avoid the follow-on. But an aggressive Haddin scored 55 in 61 balls, in an innings that included six boundaries and a six, before being caught at deep cover attempting to loft leg spinner Peter McIntyre to the boundary. Clarke and Haddin shared a stand of 110 in 89 minutes to take NSW to 261 for six. Opener Brett van Deinsen was also aggressive in his innings earlier in the day, hitting 11 boundaries and a six in his innings of 60.

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