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Wright puts Tigers in sight of outright

By Jim Morton 21/11/2003 08:05:56 PM Comments (0)

For once, Tasmania outbowled a Queensland attack on a friendly Gabba wicket to give the Tigers a rare tilt at outright points in their Pura Cup cricket match at Brisbane.

Chasing only its second victory in a decade at the Gabba, Tasmania holds a 273-run advantage at 6-144 in its second innings at stumps on day two.

After making 224 in their first dig, the Tigers set up the match by routing the home side for 104 - Queensland's lowest-ever total against Tasmania in Brisbane.

Eighteen wickets fell on a topsy-turvy day with Damien Wright the Tigers all-round hero by ripping through the Queensland top-order to take 4-30 before making an unbeaten 39 with the bat.

Wright's crucial knock, after former team-mate Shane Jurgensen had sparked a middle-order collapse, ensured the Bulls would have to chase an imposing 300-plus score to win this weekend.

Ex-Tiger Jurgensen's second spell reaped three wickets in as many overs to reduce Tasmania to 6-99 and see the momentum swing back the home side's way.

But the pendulum changed direction again as Wright and the in-form Michael Di Venuto (39 not out) combined for a 45-run stand to deny the hungry Bulls in the last 13 overs of the day.

"You take those days for sure," said a beaming Wright after his lusty innings which reaped seven boundaries.

"I thoroughly enjoyed it."

After watching the Bulls bowlers stray a little short and wide on the opening day, the Australia A paceman said the Tasmanian attack simply executed its plan of making the batsmen play on a seaming wicket.

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