Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Tasmania slow down on final day; contest ends in a stalemate. Tim Ward followed up his century in the first innings with an 81 in the second
Tim Ward followed up his century in the first innings with an 81 in the second
Tasmania's batters shut shop on the last day of their Sheffield Shield game versus Queensland in Adelaide, and the match ended in a tame draw. Tasmania, who began the day at 59 or 1, finished with 196 for 3 in 75 overs before the match was called off via mutual consent, half an hour before the Tea break.
Tim Ward, batting at the top of the order, was the most aggressive of the lot and ended up with a 130-ball 81. Ward had also played a fine hand of 144 in the first essay. Lawrence Neil-Smith finished with an unbeaten 201-ball 71. Tasmania's go-slow approach could be further evidenced by Charlie Watkin's 61-ball three. Matthew Kuhnemann, the left-arm spinner, took all the three wickets to fall in the second innings.
After the game, Usman Khawaja, Queensland's skipper, told cricket.com.au, “I was actually quite surprised because their openers came out with quite good intent (Saturday evening), and I thought ‘all right, they'll put on some quick runs and then send us in tomorrow. So when they sent the nighty in, I was really rattled. From my end, I can't really say any more.”
Tasmania had notched up 500 for 6 declared in their first dig while Queensland responded with 355 for 5 declared.
Brief scores: Tasmania 500/6 decl. (Tim Ward 144, Michael Neser 2-60) and 196/3 (Tim Ward 81; Matthew Kuhnemann 3-61) drew with Queensland 355/5 decl. (Bryce Street 143, Jimmy Peirson 106*; Sam Rainbird 2-80)