Webster and Doran keep New South Wales at bay | Cricket Bats | Australia

Tasmania 2 for 240 (Webster 102*, Doran 86*, O’Keefe 1-40) trail New South Wales 8 for 449 dec by 209 runs

Persistent batting from the Tasmanian pair of Beau Webster and Jake Doran and persistent rain have combined to frustrate New South Wales at the SCG.

After much of day two was lost to rain, further weather delays meant only 65.1 overs were bowled on day three.

The Blues made an early breakthrough with Steve O’Keefe deceiving George Bailey seven balls into the start of play to leave Tasmania two down and trailing the home side’s first-innings total by 369. But that was the only joy for New South Wales as Webster and Doran put together an unbroken stand of 160 in 64 overs.

Webster reached his fourth first-class hundred in the penultimate over of the day, having faced 253 balls to get there. Doran remained not out on 86 at close. The two sides will face a challenge on the final day trying to manufacture a result.

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