New South Wales v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Sydney, 1st day November 17, 2010

Bollinger, Copeland fire but Tasmania take two points

ESPNcricinfo staff

New South Wales 97 (Jaques 28, Faulkner 5-33, Butterworth 4-26) & 0 for 18 trail Tasmania 125 (Butterworth 39, Copeland 6-51) by 10 runs

Doug Bollinger provided some good news for Australia with three wickets on his comeback but it couldn't stop Tasmania taking two first-innings points in a tense tussle at the SCG. New South Wales won the toss and were out for 97 before tea, but Bollinger (3 for 25) and Trent Copeland (6 for 51) ensured they were not out of the game as the Tigers were dismissed for 125.

On a day when the country's best batsmen struggled for runs at every ground, Ricky Ponting managed 7 on the seaming surface, Shane Watson 6, Simon Katich 1 and Brad Haddin 10. It was Katich's first senior outing since leaving the India tour last month with a broken thumb and he lasted 23 balls, edging Luke Butterworth to third slip. Katich hurt his shoulder while fielding late in the day and left the ground, but the injury is not expected to be serious enough to keep him out of the first Test.

Watson was caught behind off his gloves attempting a leave but got a second chance later in the day. He finished unbeaten on 13 while Katich chose not to risk himself after hurting his shoulder, sending in Moises Henriques instead, as the Blues ended up at 0 for 18.

When Ponting got his turn he followed a Copeland outswinger and was caught behind, one of 12 wickets to fall between lunch and tea. The conditions limited the spin bowl-off between Nathan Hauritz and Xavier Doherty to four overs from Doherty.

The stars for Tasmania were James Faulkner, who recorded a personal-best 5 for 33, and Butterworth, who gained 4 for 26 after taking the new ball. However, any hopes of a big first-innings lead were quickly dented by Bollinger and Copeland.

Bollinger, playing his first game since hurting his stomach in India, removed Alex Doolan lbw in his first over and returned after tea to pick up Mark Cosgrove, leaving the visitors at 5 for 41. In between those breakthroughs Copeland gained two victims and Watson found George Bailey's edge, which was taken by a leaping Haddin.

Copeland has an amazing record of 51 wickets in his first eight Shield games and whenever the ball swings he is a major threat. Bollinger also enjoyed the conditions during his 11 overs.

Butterworth guided Tasmania into the lead with two wickets remaining and their advantage extended to 28. Butterworth finished with 39, the highest score of an amazing day, and Doherty was unbeaten on 20.

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Dummy4 on November 18, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    Note the 2 wickets to Doherty in NSW's 2nd innings, one of the bowlers to take 2 wickets, top order batsmen too (Katich and Henriques). Now Hauritz needs to get 3 top order batsmen or else Doherty is going to make his test debut.

  • Kell on November 18, 2010, 0:14 GMT

    Like the looks of Copeland.

  • Geoff on November 18, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    "Copeland has an amazing record of 51 wickets in his first eight Shield games and whenever the ball swings he is a major threat." Provided he maintains his form, then Trent should be the first bowler picked for the UK Ashes, given their conditions and the Duke ball. Actually, unless Mitch improves on his current performance of one good session per test, why wait that long?

  • Paul on November 17, 2010, 21:52 GMT

    Oh yeah, great track, the SCG. When it's dry, it crumbles like Mumbai. When it's wet, it's worse than the Gabba after a week of rain. When it's overcast, it swings like Edgbaston. Every other time, it starts out slow and gets slower and slower.

  • Greg on November 17, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    while there are plenty of people bemoaning the poor form of the aussie test batsmen, personally i'm excited to see some life in the pitches... it's about time curators stopped producing featherbeds which lead to boring runfests... having a wet summer is the best thing that could happen to spark up test cricket, just hope we don't lose too many days to rain!

  • Garry on November 17, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    Butterworth and McDonald are outstanding allrounders and hopefully get a chance for more Australian honours shortly. They don't talk themselves up or play for NSW so that might count against them. Doherty deserves to be considered and rate him as a better spinner than O'Keefe (although he's improving in leaps and bounds) but Hauritz will probably play first test. Fair call on Copeland too, while this green top helped him his record is quite staggering in a short space of time.

  • Parikshith on November 17, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Copeland for the Ashes!!!Australia should have picked him for the A-team against England.He is in the form of his life...he can match Jimmy Anderson when the ball swings.Get him INN....

  • Mark on November 17, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    Not sure why NSW batted after winning the toss on an absolute green top but it probably wouldnt have mattered much. I have never seen the SCG look greener and 20 wickets in the day is proof. Copeland looks a real prospect and I am a big fan of Luke Butterworth - after years of being ignored, Tassie players are finally being noticed (Paine, Hilfenhaus, Doherty, Kreijza (albeit briefly!) and I think that Butterworth is not too far away from higher honours.

  • Joel on November 17, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    greenest pitch i have ever seen

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    Bollinger fires. whatever. Once again trent copeland takes 6 wickets. This is the best bowler in the country. I am a Qld fan, but i have watched alot of state cricket and trent copeland is the best bowler, he is nice and tall, bowls great lines and lengths. his record is mind blowing, it is such a good record. Forget about these other fast bowlers, trent copeland is the best by far and away. Keep picking bowlers who wont take 20 wickets and or finish teams off. This guy will win games for australia but they wont pick him. O'keefe batted really well today and his bowling record is outstanding and cant believe doherty was picked ahead of him. that laughable. Australian selectors have no idea. Hussey and north fail again. actually in saying that the whole australian top order failed today.

  • No featured comments at the moment.