Bevan primed for 3rd consecutive century

Published: Thursday, November 18, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Hobart:Former one-day international Michael Bevan was just two runs away from his third consecutive century as Tasmania took charge of their Sheffield Shield cricket match against South Australia here.

The Tasmanians built their lead to nearly 300 after the third day with Bevan going to stumps at 98 not out on Thursday.

The 34-year-old left-hander, who moved from New South Wales to accept an assistant coaching position after being dumped from the national one-day side, was the mainstay in a steady Tasmanian second innings which finished the day at 203 for four.

Tasmania claimed their first Shield points of the season, dismissing South Australia for 290 chasing 375, with left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty taking five wickets.

Doherty's victims included Graham Manou, after the South Australian captain led a spirited fightback with 97 from 105 balls.

In Hobart (day three): Tasmania 375 (M. Bevan 106, M. DiVenuto 91, D. Dawson 73; S. Tait 4-111, P. Rofe 3-50) and 203 for 4 (M. Bevan 98 not out, D. Marsh 22 not out; D. Cullen 2-77) vs South Australia 290 (G. Manou 97, D. Cullen 42; X. Doherty 5-66)

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