Hail storm coats Bellerive Oval in white, bringing early end to Sheffield Shield match


Two Hobart hailstorms and firm resistance from Victoria’s top order have combined to deny Tasmania back-to-back Sheffield Shield match wins.

After resuming at 1-44 on the final day and still needing another 140 runs to make Tasmania bat again, Victoria made clear their plan to bat through the day at Bellerive Oval.

However, they needed to face just 45.5 overs, as heavy rain and hail stopped play early in the middle session, with Victoria on 1-113.

A groundskeeper pulls a cover over the pitch as hail falls around him
Ground staff braved the conditions to try to cover the wicket.(Getty Images: Steve Bell)

The rain eventually subsided as an early tea was called, but 12 minutes after the players returned more heavy hail hit, with Victoria on 1-122. The teams agreed to a draw.

Opener Travis Dean offered the most resistance for Victoria, soaking up 184 balls for his 64 not out.

His innings included a 45-over stand that netted 80 runs with Mitchell Perry, who was unbeaten on 28 from 142 balls.

Victoria were in the box seat after the opening two days, thanks to an unbeaten century from debutant Ashley Chandrasinghe that allowed them to declare, at 7-351.

However, Jordan Silk’s quickfire 154 from 161 balls helped Tasmania take a mammoth 184-run first-innings lead.

That gave the Tigers a shot at a second straight win after toppling South Australia a fortnight ago, but any hopes of a win were quickly extinguished on Tuesday.

The result marks Victoria’s third straight draw to start the season, after they were denied by Western Australia and South Australia in the opening rounds.



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