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Tasmania look to grind out Shield final
By David Beniuk
19:13 AEST Fri Mar 22 2013

Tasmania will aim to grind Queensland's attack out of the Sheffield Shield final after a first day go-slow produced less than two runs an over at Bellerive.

The Tigers reached 2-176 at stumps, with disciplined young opener Jordan Silk unbeaten on 82 off a marathon 291 deliveries.

The 20-year-old, who made a century in just his second Shield match last week against Victoria, put on 133 for the first wicket with Mark Cosgrove, whose 58 came from 217 balls.

Ricky Ponting will resume on 20 with Silk, who was dropped twice during his knock.

Silk put the snail's pace down to the accuracy of the Bulls' attack, but admitted Tasmania were factoring in a five-day equation.

"We just want to keep bringing these Queensland bowlers back and back and back, and they get more tired and more tired and the runs will become a lot easier then," he said.

"There is an extra day to play so we're not too stressed about the scoring rate at all."

Silk said there had been no deliberate plan to occupy the crease in a match the Tigers need only to draw to win their third title and first with Ponting.

"The Queensland bowlers just kept it nice and tight and didn't move from their plans all day and it made it very hard to score," Silk said.

"As it turns out, it looks like we've tried to bat really slowly and draw the game, but that's not our intentions at all.

"We're out here to win it."

Queensland's bowlers notched some impressive economy rates, with skipper James Hopes sending down 21 overs with just 28 runs conceded, while spinner Nathan Hauritz's 21 cost just 27.

It took 37 overs for the Tigers' 50 to come up and 393 balls for the side's 100 on a day that included 33 maidens.

"With them scoring a bit slower, it's always keeping us in the game," Hauritz said.

"If we get a couple of wickets early in the morning, 4-190 looks pretty good."

The former Test spinner said the Bellerive wicket, criticised early in the season for being too green, should have offered the bowlers more.

"Generally when you come down here, there's a little bit in it," Hauritz said.

"I do remember the few finals that have been down here, the wickets don't have a great deal in them."

Cosgrove and Alex Doolan (6) were both out late in the day, Michael Neser (1-40) and Ryan Harris (1-46) the wicket-takers.

The Bulls are fighting to defend their title and win the Shield for the eight time.


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