Adelaide: Left-arm spinner Shannon Tubb was an unlikely last-day hero as Tasmania clinched an innings victory over South Australia on Monday to lift it to second on the Sheffield Shield standings with a round to play.
Tubb snared three crucial second-innings wickets and help dismiss South Australia for 242 as Tasmania won by an innings and 32 runs. Veteran paceman David Saker claimed five for 53 as Tasmania dominated for the fourth straight day to gain victory, which put it level on points with Western Australia (WA). Only an innings of 138 from SA opening batsman Ben Johnson, lasting 418 minutes, forced the Tasmanians to stay in the field until an hour before the scheduled close. Tasmania will play New South Wales (NSW) in Hobart in the last round and an outright win will guarantee it a final berth for the first time since 1997/98, when it lost to WA. Champions Queensland clung on to an extraordinary draw against NSW at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Resuming on 398 for eight, NSW was dismissed for 442. Queensland was rolled for 120 for an overall lead of 206 runs. The hosts made a gallant run chase, finishing on 202 for nine after 21 wickets fell on a frantic final day's play, which finished under lights. Queensland needed one wicket from the final over delivered by Nathan Hauritz for an outright win while NSW needed 10 runs for a miracle. Matthew Phelps (65 not out) and Stuart Clark (23 not out) got halfway there. Queensland is six points clear of Tasmania and WA with one match to play and will need just innings points against Victoria at home to stage the final. Western Australia (WA) takes on South Australia (SA) in Perth.
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