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Published: Saturday, January 24, 2004, 20:07 [IST]
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Rain brings curtain to Tasmania's impossible chase
Saturday, January 24 2004 14:37 Hrs (IST)

Hobart:Rain brought an abrupt end to Tasmania's seemingly impossible chase for victory in their Sheffield Shield cricket match against Queensland at Bellerive Oval in Hobart on a day where the bat dominated play.

Tasmania was eight for one in its second innings after being set 321 from 35 overs when heavy rain brought play to a premature end on Saturday.

Queensland had earlier added to its first innings total of 400 for eight declared with some free-flowing batting to finish its second innings on 322.

Newcomer Craig Philipson posted 101 not out on his first-class debut off 232 balls with 13 fours while James Hopes racked up 111 before being caught at point by Scott Mason off Gerard Denton.

Tasmania had won the two first innings points for the match after declaring its first-innings closed at 402 for four, with middle-order batsman Michael Dighton making 127 not out.

Queensland captain Jimmy Maher criticised Tasmania for chasing the two first innings points rather than trying to earn six points for an outright victory.

"I showed my hand on day one by declaring at eight for 400," he said.

"Tasmania decided to bat past us to get 402, that has happened forever and a day down here. They always come to get two points or they seem to be playing to get two points. We are not a charity."

Tasmania is now second on the Sheffield Shield table with 22 points with Queensland third on 16 points.

Hobart (day four): Queensland 400-8 decl and 322 (J Hopes 111, C Philipson 101 not out; A Downton 4-59, D Wright 3-63) drew with Tasmania 402-4 decl (M Dighton 127 not out, M Di Venuto 91; M Kasprowicz 2-56, J Dawes 2-72) and 8-1.

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