Bevan-Wright keep Tasmanian hopes afloat

Published: Wednesday, November 10, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Hobart:A stubborn seventh-wicket stand by former one-day international Michael Bevan and Damien Wright frustrated Victoria's attempts to bring an early end to their Sheffield Shield cricket match at Bellerive Oval.

Victoria decimated Tasmania's top order to leave the home team flailing at 46 for 6 in the hour before tea on Wednesday.

But Bevan (95) and Wright (99) joined forces to post an unbroken 191-run stand by stumps, leaving Tasmania at 237 for six -- 257 shy of the massive 494 required for victory.

Michael Lewis claimed 4-18 off 7.4 overs.

Victoria were keen to claim their first-ever victory against Tasmania in Hobart after already securing first-innings points.

In Adelaide, a fine double by all-rounder Shane Watson helped give Queensland almost total control of their match against South Australia at Adelaide Oval.

Watson (4-25) and Andy Bichel (4-71) routed SA for 150 before the Australian one-day allrounder scored 61 as he and Jimmy Maher (80) put on 146 for the second wicket at better than a run-a-minute.

Queensland reached 237 for four in their second innings, an overall lead of 366 with two days remaining.

By stumps Andrew Symonds had belted a six and eight fours in a typically belligerent unbeaten 51 off 53 balls.

Watson's allround contribution was a welcome sight for Queensland and national selectors, after a stress fracture in his back restricted him to just 58 overs in his 10 Shield matches last summer.

In Hobart (day three) : Victoria 162 (I. Harvey 79, M. Inness 24; A. Griffith 7-54) and 432 for 9 declared (G. Rummans 188, B. Hodge 96, D. Hussey 67; A. Downton 5-94, A. Griffith 3-119) v Tasmania 101 (M. Bevan 19, J. Cox 16, M. Di Venuto 16; M. Lewis 3-13, I. Harvey 3-33) and 237 for 6 (D. Wright 99 not out, M. Bevan 95 not out; M. Lewis 4-46).

In Adelaide (day two): Queensland 279 (J. Hopes 57, A. Noffke 44 not out, A. Symonds 44; P. Rofe 5-93) and 237 for 4 (J. Maher 80, S. Watson 61, A. Symonds 51 not out; S. Tait 3-73) v South Australia 150 (G. Blewett 37, T. Plant 31; S. Watson 4-25, A. Bichel 4-71).

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