Tasmania 245 and 0 for 104 (Ward 60*) need 131 more runs to beat South Australia 227 and 252 (Manenti 85, Weatherald 52, Webster 4-39, Siddle 4-45)
Chasing 234 to win, they were 0 to 104 at punches on day three at Adelaide Oval. Ward, who made 82 in the first innings, was unbeaten at 60 and Caleb Jewell is 43.
The runs flowed richly for the opening duo, reaching their centenary in 27 overs, with Ward hitting eight fours and one six after Tasmania’s bowlers struggled to finish SA’s innings earlier.
The first-gamer, who batted at number 9, followed his valuable 59 in the first innings with more runs, hitting six fours and three sixes. His performance came with handy help from Wes Agar (33) and Nathan McAndrew (35).
Veteran fast Siddle had ripped SA’s top order – at one point he had 4 for 13 from eight overs. The 37-year-old finished with 4 out of 45, after his 4 out of 51 in the first innings.
Siddle counted the prized scalp of Testbatsman Travis Head, caught on short leg for a duck, among his victims.
Beau Webster came in while SA opener Jake Weatherald was the seventh man, making 52 from 115 balls.