Tasmania v New South Wales, Pura Cup final, Hobart, 1st day March 19, 2007

Wright fights for Tigers after Bollinger's five

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Tasmania 7 for 283 (Wright 57*, Bollinger 5-57) v New South Wales
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Doug Bollinger caused problems for the Tasmania top order © Getty Images

Doug Bollinger's career-best 5 for 57 put New South Wales in charge before Luke Butterworth and Damien Wright steered a wobbly Tasmania to 7 for 283 at stumps. The pair added 95 for the eighth wicket and reinstated Tasmania's hopes of winning the Pura Cup for the first time.

Wright was unbeaten on 57; it was his 14th time past fifty in his first-class career and he brought up the milestone with a daring slap over midwicket for four off Matthew Nicholson. Butterworth took a more patient approach and finished on 40 not out.

Theirs was the second of two fighting partnerships after Bollinger's efforts had the Blues on track to steal the title in an away final for the third time in five years. Tasmania were 5 for 94 when Dan Marsh and Sean Clingeleffer came together and advanced the score by 79.

Marsh (44) initially struggled on his return having missed two matches with a calf tear and he took 52 minutes and 33 deliveries to get off the mark. Bollinger removed both batsmen through edges to slip within five overs of each other but he had limited support from the other bowlers.

It was also Bollinger who snared two wickets in the first three overs after lunch to continue New South Wales' early dominance. Michael Dighton (33) top-edged an attempted hook high to the wicketkeeper and George Bailey edged behind for 1.

Bollinger had removed Tim Paine for 0 in the second over of the day with a ball that swung back slightly and clipped the offstump. Michael Di Venuto and Travis Birt were early victims of the movement, prompting questions over Marsh's decision to bat.

"The wicket had more moisture in it than I thought and probably than anyone thought," Marsh said. "It did swing around a bit early. Generally what happens here on day two is it gets a bit quicker and even better for bowling so hopefully we can frustrate them for an hour or two and then have a bowl. We feel we've got the momentum now."