Ricky Ponting of the Tigers is picked up by teammates James Faulkner and Ben Hilfenhaus in celebration of victory in the Sheffield Shield final between the Tasmania Tigers and the Queensland Bulls at Blundstone Arena on March 26, 2013 in Hobart, Australia.
Ricky Ponting of the Tigers is picked up by teammates James Faulkner and Ben Hilfenhaus in celebration of victory in the Sheffield Shield final between the Tasmania Tigers and the Queensland Bulls at Blundstone Arena on March 26, 2013 in Hobart, Australia. Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

Tassie Tigers snatch Sheffield Shield from Qld Bulls

THE Queensland Bulls ensured Tasmania laboured all day to earn its Sheffield Shield triumph at Hobart's Bellerive Oval yesterday.

Needing an almost impossible 446 for victory in 87 overs, the Bulls struggled from the first over, eventually finishing on 6-183 to hand the Tigers the trophy.

Nathan Reardon top scored with 51 while Ben Hilfenhaus and Luke Butterworth grabbed two wickets each.

After finishing on top of the table, Tasmania needed only a draw to win the Shield for the third time and gain some revenge after losing to Queensland in the final at the Gabba 12 months ago.

The victory filled a gap in the CV of former Australian captain Ricky Ponting who had never played in a winning Sheffield Shield final.

Ponting was last week named this season's Sheffield Shield Player of the Year, and will be favourite to take out the Rickey Ponting Medal as Tassie's best player at the team's awards night.

The win also ensured Tasmania's departing coach, Tim Coyle, would go down as the state's best-performed mentor having taken the team to all three of its shield titles and two one-day cups.


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