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Tassie 1-107 against WA at stumps

By Robyn Grace 20/12/2006 06:22:19 PM Comments (0)

Tasmania needs another 191 runs to make Western Australia bat again at stumps on day two of the Pura Cup match at Bellerive Oval.

The Tigers have responded to their first innings decimation with their best opening stand of the season, beating the first-wicket partnership of 47 against Queensland at the Gabba.

Michael Di Venuto and Tim Paine put on 56 for the first wicket and the home side finished the day 1-107, with Di Venuto unbeaten on 69 and former international Michael Bevan 18 not out.

Tim Paine is the only wicket, caught at first slip off Ben Edmondson (1-29) for 17.

Di Venuto and Bevan brought up the side's 100 in the 32nd over off 191 balls, while Di Venuto brought up his second 50 for the season earlier in the innings off 77 balls.

The Warriors were bowled out for 392 just before tea after claiming first innings points against Tasmania's 94.

Opening batsman Chris Rogers (152) contributed most of his side's runs, batting a marathon 92.5 overs before giving Brendan Drew one of six wickets for the innings.

Rogers brought up his second Pura Cup century for the season in the fifth over of the day, after the visitors earlier resumed at 3-155.

The 29-year-old held his bat aloft as his teammates cheered and clapped the milestone, which was made off 189 balls and included 16 boundaries.

Rogers' innings brings his run tally to 790 runs this season, with an innings average of 98.75.

Expensive bowling and at least four dropped catches proved costly for the home side, with paceman Brett Geeves (1-94) bowling 11 of 16 no balls.

Drew did the most to aid the cause, taking his best ever figures of 6-94.

Luke Pomersbach recorded a first-class half-century on debut off 97 balls with eight boundaries.

He and Rogers put on 104 runs for the fifth wicket, making their 100 in the 92nd over off 164 balls.

Pomersbach brought up the WA 300 with Luke Ronchi before Ronchi pushed an outside edge to first slip off Drew for 34.

Ronchi had previously been dropped by George Bailey after making his first 23 runs from just 11 balls.

Pomersbach hit a well-compiled 74 - surviving another dropped catch by Bailey on 42 - before handing Tigers wicket-keeper Tim Paine his first catch in a first-class match.

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