Silk belts career-best knock against Vics

A career-best innings from BBL cult hero Jordan Silk has sped Tasmania past Victoria's first-innings total on day three of the Sheffield Shield match in Hobart.

Slow-and-steady Victoria will resume at 1-44 on the final day after the dangerous Marcus Harris was bowled for 14 five overs before stumps by a sizzling delivery from paceman Riley Meredith.

Victoria still trail Tasmania by 140 runs, and they will be batting for time on the final day in a bid to earn a draw.

Earlier, Silk (154no from 161 balls) produced the definition of a captain's knock to guide his team to a mammoth total of 535.

In the first session, Silk replaced reigning Bradman Young Cricketer Tim Ward (91), who missed out on his second Shield century by edging Cameron McClure to wicketkeeper Sam Harper for a regulation catch.

Silk started his innings patiently, but with time of the essence he went into overdrive after lunch.

He brought up his half-century with a six over deep midwicket and a four past third man in consecutive balls, but the fun wasn't over there.

Once the Tigers passed Victoria's first innings total of 7(dec)-351 around an hour after lunch, Silk and Jarrod Freeman went into party mode to send the run-rate skyward.

The pair brought up their 100-run partnership 10 minutes before tea but Freeman (57 runs off 48 deliveries) was caught at long on by Mitchell Perry off the last ball of the session.

The wicket was the first of the match for Ashes hero Scott Boland, who had been the only Victorian bowler without a scalp to that point.

He wasn't the only bowler struggling to scupper the Tasmanian juggernaut, though.

Rather than contemplate declaring once he reached his ninth first-class century, Silk kept his foot on the accelerator to finish his innings unbeaten, having struck 14 boundaries.

Silk also finished with five sixes - as many as the remaining Tasmanians and the Victorian batting order combined.

"It was a bit of a strange day, probably not how we thought we'd get there," Silk said.

"Getting the wicket of Harris was really handy.

"It's still a good batting surface I think. Hopefully it plays a few tricks tomorrow and keeps a bit low.

"We're in a position now where we can really dictate and drive it."

Former Test captain Tim Paine had managed only two runs in his previous knock for the Tigers but was important with a quick-fire 24 from 25 balls as Tasmania made their intentions known.

Victoria's first innings was built largely on an unbeaten 119 from debutant Ashley Chandrasinghe, who announced himself with a mature display at the crease across the first two days.