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Di Venuto's 174 helps Tigers roll Blues

By Libby Sutherland 15/11/2003 10:14:12 PM Comments (0)

Michael Di Venuto smashed an unbeaten 174 to spearhead Tasmania's thrilling six-wicket victory against NSW in the Pura Cup cricket clash at Bellerive Oval.

Di Venuto and Tigers skipper Dan Marsh (107 not out) shared an unbroken 220-run partnership to guide their team to 4-386 before a small crowd which included Tasmania's new Governor Richard Butler.

Man-of-the-match Di Venuto smacked 18 fours and one six in his 267-ball innings and was well-supported by Marsh, who hit 10 boundaries.

The Tigers pulled off the 11th most successful run chase in domestic first-class cricket history with 2.1 overs to spare.

"We have had some good run chase victories before, so there was belief there," Marsh said.

"We knew it was going to be hard work and we had to play the game of our lives, but it turned out like that."

NSW and Australian Test captain Steve Waugh praised Tasmania's performance on a wicket that offered few opportunities for bowlers.

Leg spinner Stuart MacGill, who took 5-79 off 32 overs in the Tigers' first showing, laboured to take 2-135 off 29 overs.

"We gave it our best shot," Waugh said.

"I've got no complaints with our bowlers. We toiled away pretty hard.

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