Tasmania have recorded an against-the-odds draw in their Sheffield Shield match with Victoria at the MCG.

An unbeaten century from Luke Butterworth has helped Tasmania salvage a remarkable draw in their Sheffield Shield match with Victoria at the MCG on Thursday.

The Tigers began the final day in dire straits on 5-116 and a massive 201 runs behind the Bushrangers, who declared at 9-523 on Wednesday in response to Tasmania’s first dig of 206.

However, with immeasurable mental fortitude, Butterworth (107no) spearheaded a remarkable rearguard action to guide the visitors to 7-291 at the close of play and deny Victoria a seemingly inevitable win.

With neither side able to qualify for the final, Victoria threw everything at the Tigers, with Dean Russ, Rob Quiney and Peter Handscomb the only players to miss out on having a bowl.

But for all their efforts they could only manage two wickets on the final day.

The 30-year-old Butterworth described his 314-ball ton, that lasted six hours and 45 minutes, as special.

“The first one (of my career) was really good but to save the game like that, it still means a lot just to hold on,” he told reporters.

Victoria threw everything at the Tigers, with Dean Russ, Rob Quiney and Peter Handscomb the only players to miss out on having a bowl.

But for all their efforts they could only manage two wickets for the final day.

It could have been a different story for the Vics had tailender Xavier Doherty (20no off 139 balls) not been dropped twice at first slip by Quiney on 1 and Handscomb on 15.

Despite all that, Victorian coach Greg Shipperd insisted he wasn’t disappointed with his bowling attack.

“We dropped two catches which was disappointing but I was pretty proud of our very young bowling group,” he said.

“They stuck to their task all day … certainly not demoralised.”

It could have been a different story for the Vics had tailender Xavier Doherty (20no off 139 balls) not been dropped twice at first slip by Quiney on 1 and Handscomb on 15.

The centurion combined with Tim Paine (44 off 158 balls) for a crucial 110-run sixth-wicket union that spanned 301 balls in the first half of the day, and his unbeaten partnership with Doherty saw out the final session-and-a-bit.

Scott Boland (2-42) and Fawad Ahmed (2-129) were the pick of the Victorian bowlers.

The result means Victoria still haven’t won at the MCG in over a year and they will be chasing their first victory since November when they meet Queensland next week at the same venue.

With one match remaining in the season, the Bushrangers have an uphill battle to avoid winning their first wooden spoon in 18 years.