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Tigers score three-wicket win over Vics

By Cameron Tomarchio 15/02/2007 07:50:44 PM Comments (0)

Tasmania have defeated Victoria with two balls to spare in a thrilling Pura Cup match at Bellerive Oval.

An absorbing final-day run chase ended with a no-ball from Bushrangers paceman Shane Harwood, handing the Tigers victory by three wickets.

Set 314 to win off 86 overs, the Tigers appeared to be cruising at 2-156 at tea, but lost 2-3 straight after the break and five wickets in the session to eventually only scrape home at 7-314.

The six points see the Tigers climb from fifth to second on the table with two games left before the final.

They are tied for first on 26 points with NSW, but second on quotient.

Victoria drop to third on 24 points.

"It was a little closer than we would have liked, but it was a great game of cricket," victorious Tigers captain Dan Marsh said.

"Both teams played really well and we were lucky enough to get over the line.

"It's great now to be on 26 points with two games to go. If we win both of them we're going to be playing in the final but there's plenty of cricket to be played."

Michael Dighton led the Tigers chase, scoring 66, while George Bailey was strong late on with 52.

Every Tigers batsman got a start, all of the top seven scoring above 20 in a trend consistent throughout the match.

No player scored a century over the four days, yet players got to 20 or more on 22 occasions.

At the start of day four the Bushrangers were looking for 30 to 40 more runs but lost its last three wickets for seven to be all out for 338.

That left the Tigers 86 overs to chase down 314 at 3.65 an over.

Bushrangers captain David Hussey thought it was still enough.

"I thought 314 was a very competitive score. Our bowlers did the hard yards and unfortunately they played pretty well and got over the line, just," Hussey said.

"We go back to Melbourne now and look for six points against Western Australia."

The Tigers next match is against last-placed South Australia at Adelaide Oval from March 1-4, before they host first-placed NSW at Bellerive in the last game of the regular season.

Victoria's run home starts against Western Australia at the MCG before a trip to the Gabba.

First plays second in the final on March 19-23.

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