Tigers take Shield title

Written By miftah nugraha on Selasa, 26 Maret 2013 | 19.55

TASMANIA could not secure victory on the final day but it mattered little as the Tigers picked up their third Sheffield Shield title.

After setting Queensland 446 to win off 87 overs, the Tigers reduced the Bulls to 3-36.

But from here the visitors decided a win was not realistic and completely shut up shop. The game finished in a draw an hour early, with Queensland 6-183.

The Tigers were in with a slight chance of victory after dismissing Joe Burns (32) in the final over before tea.

With 17.4 overs remaining, Ben Hilfenhaus trapped Nathan Reardon leg before and with 59 balls to go Butterworth did likewise to James Hopes.

But on a docile pitch Tasmania could not extract enough life to run through the Queensland batting.

Despite the draw, Tasmania dominated the match and ended coach Tim Coyle's career fittingly with his and the state's third Shield title.

The Tigers greatest ever batsman Ricky Ponting picked up his first domestic title – the only honour missing from his long list of achievements.

Ponting, 38, is yet to decide whether to play on next season but has hinted he may be back.

Hilfenhaus and Luke Butterworth each took a brace of wickets, while James Faulkner and Evan Gulbis chipped in with one each for Tasmania.

Nathan Reardon was the mainstay for Queensland, surviving 149 balls to make 51, with Chris Hartley (23 off 96 ) and Michael Neser (18 off 27) the not-out batsmen.

Read the full coverage from Brett Stubbs and Adam Smith in tomorrow's Mercury.

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