Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Fekete bowls Tasmania into Shield final

Tasmania 344 (Doran 57, Silk 55, Tremain 6-81) and 215 (Rogers 80) beat Victoria 182 (Christian 69, Fekete 6-67) and 221 (Dean 46, Fekete 4-43) by 156 runs

Tasmania has marched into its first Sheffield Shield final in five years after dethroning three-time defending champions Victoria on the back of a career-best 10-wicket haul from fast bowler Andrew Fekete.

The Tigers began the third day with a lead of 235 and six second innings wickets in hand but looked in danger of failing to reach a lead of 300 after losing Matthew Wade and Simon Milenko early.

Thomas Rogers came to the rescue with a sensational 80 which was laced with 13 boundaries. It was his first Sheffield Shield half-century. He was well supported by Jake Doran and Jackson Bird to set Victoria 378 for victory.

The Bushrangers chase started disastrously when Fekete found the inside edge of Marcus Harris and outside edge of Glenn Maxwell from consecutive balls in the fourth over. Aaron Finch and Cameron White fell shortly after to leave the visitors 4 for 37 and they never recovered.

Travis Dean and Dan Christian made useful contributions but Fekete accounted for both of them in his second spell to finish with 10 wickets for the match. Chris Tremain made 45 to go with his eight wickets in a losing cause.

The Tigers will now face Queensland in the Sheffield Shield final seeking their first title since 2012-13.

Victoria 4th innings Partnerships

1st14TJ DeanMS Harris
2nd0GJ MaxwellTJ Dean
3rd7AJ FinchTJ Dean
4th16CL WhiteTJ Dean
5th61DT ChristianTJ Dean
6th3DT ChristianSE Gotch
7th75SE GotchCP Tremain
8th9PM SiddleCP Tremain
9th19PM SiddleSM Boland
10th17Fawad AhmedSM Boland