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Tasmania deny NSW 4th outright victory

Published: Sunday, December 19, 2004, 20:23 [IST]
 
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Sydney:Tasmania denied New South Wales their fourth straight outright victory in Australia's Sheffield Shield cricket competition with a plucky rearguard fightback on the final day here.

Under-strength Tasmania fought back from bad positions in both innings to force a draw and leave NSW with just innings points from the four-day match.

NSW, after making 372 in their first innings, were set 220 to win but finished on 100 for three off 44 overs.

By securing first innings points, NSW went to the top of the Shield standings, leading Queensland on percentages.

Tasmania effectively killed off NSW's chances in the opening session when captain Damien Wright (83) and wicketkeeper Sean Clingeleffer (68) stymied the NSW bowlers in a 159-run stand for the seventh wicket -- a record for Tasmania against NSW.

In Adelaide, a century from one day international all-rounder Brad Hogg and two quick wickets from paceman Ben Edmondson helped Western Australia recover from a disastrous start against South Australia.

In reply to WA's 248, SA were 53 for three at stumps in their first innings with Callum Ferguson on 28 and Greg Blewett on 21.

Hogg rescued his side 92 for six with 109 from 118 balls, including 14 fours and two sixes, dominating a succession of handy lower-order partnerships.

SA paceman Shaun Tait finished with 4-61, with all four wickets coming in the first session.

In Brisbane, a blazing century by all-rounder James Hopes lifted Queensland to first-day honours over Victoria at the Gabba.

Hopes made 107 from 126 balls as Queensland, sent in by the reigning champions, were bowled out for 371 in the last over before stumps.

It was only the 26-year-old's second Shield century and his first at the Gabba since making his debut four seasons ago.

Allan Wise took 4-63 and Cameron White 3-76.

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