Tasmania 220 (Duran 85) and 241 for 6 (Duran 47*, Sutherland 4-69) Victoria 121 (Bird 4-13) and 336 (Elliott 80*, Harper 57, Holland 55, Bird 4-54) by four wickets
After resuming at 151 for 4 and needing 87 for victory at the start of the fourth day, Duran’s unbeaten 47 steered Tasmania to victory. A hard-fought win sealed the deal midway through the second hour of the morning session, putting Tasmania behind Queensland, and trailing only unbeaten Western Australia.
Tasmania were in trouble when Ben McDermott was caught in the third over of the morning off Will Sutherland after Sam Harper failed to add to the overnight score of 46, with victory still 82 runs away.
Doran and Bev Webster (38), whose first innings partnership of 80 gave Tasmania a crucial lead of 99, joined forces again to frustrate the Victorian attack and put the visitors in a commanding position. happened
This time he scored 68 in four overs, before Webster cruised across the finish line in style.
With 14 runs needed, Sutherland grabbed his fourth scalp when the aggressive Webster came down the track and tried to whip the ball over midwicket, only for his thick, leading edge to leap high at gully to Fergus O’Neill. To catch brilliantly through.
Jarrod Freeman came on and added the winning runs when he pulled Sam Elliott for four.
Duran’s unbeaten innings followed his landmark 85 in the first innings, when he took seven catches with the gloves after former Australian captain Tim Paine was preferred for wicketkeeping duties.
Ageless seamer Jackson Bird, who turns 36 in a fortnight, took 4 for 13 and 4 for 54 with the ball, setting the tone on the opening day when the hosts were bowled out for 121. But piled up.