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Tas devastated to miss final berth

By Libby Sutherland 07/03/2004 08:41:18 PM Comments (0)

Tasmanian cricket is in shock after being upstaged by Queensland at the 11th hour for a berth in the Pura Cup final against Victoria.

In what was hoped would be a taster of the end-of-season showdown at the MCG next week, the Tigers drew with the Bushrangers in the first-class clash at Bellerive Oval on Sunday after officials pulled the pin in fading light about 6.30pm (AEDT).

Runaway leader Victoria finished on 6-212 and needed an unlikely 100 runs off 10 overs to achieve its stated aim of a clean sweep of away games for the season.

The Tigers picked up two first-innings points after the visitors declared behind overnight.

A tense wait followed as Tasmania sweated on the result from the concurrent clash between Queensland and NSW at the SCG.

In a nail-biting finish, Queensland secured outright victory with just six balls to spare.

Although the result placed the Bulls on level pegging with the second-placed Tigers on 24 points, the Bulls charged into the final on quotient.

Tigers coach Brian McFadyen said there was stunned silence in the changeroom as the news came through.

"There was just silence for minutes and minutes," he said.

"It took a couple of Victorian guys to come into the rooms to change the mood, to be honest.

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