Ward shows his wares as Tasmania opt for a dull draw


Nightwatchman Lawrence Neil-Smith made 71 not out from 201 deliveries as Tasmania decided not to set a target

Tasmania 6 for 500 dec and 3 for 196 (Ward 81, Neil-Smith 71*) drew with Queensland 5 for 355 dec (Street 143, Peirson 106*)

Tim Ward and Lawrence Neil-Smith posted half-centuries as Tasmania batted out the final day for a draw against Queensland despite the Bulls’ invitation to try and force a result with a sporting declaration on the third afternoon.

Tasmania began the day at 1 for 59, with a lead of 204 and 96 overs available to set up a fourth-innings run chase on another benign Karen Rolton Oval pitch in Adelaide. But the Tigers showed little to no intent to try and set a target with nightwatchman Neil-Smith failing to score from his first 35 deliveries on day four to be 1 from 61 balls at one stage.

Ward, coming off a superb 144 in the first innings, played fluently by comparison reaching a brisk half-century and moved to lunch on 80 not out, within sight of twin centuries in just his second Sheffield Shield match.

But the break did him no favours, with Matthew Kuhnemann producing a stunning delivery in the second over after lunch to remove him for 81. A shorter-length ball ripped out of the footmarks and forced Ward to chop onto his stumps.

Charlie Wakim then followed Neil-Smith’s lead making 3 for 61 deliveries before becoming Kuhnemann’s third victim of the innings. Neil-Smith reached his maiden first-class half-century and finished with 71 not out from 201 deliveries as the game was called off after Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns each delivered an over to put an exclamation point on another high-scoring three-innings draw in Adelaide to start the Sheffield Shield season.

Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo

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