Tasmania v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Hobart, 1st day February 6, 2012

Katich concussed in Shield match

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tasmania 0 for 24 trail New South Wales 7 for 341 (Smith 98, Rohrer 83) by 317 runs

Steven Smith narrowly missed out on a century on a day when Simon Katich was concussed while batting at Bellerive Oval. New South Wales surprisingly declared at 7 for 341 late on the first day to give their bowlers a chance at Tasmania's openers, but at stumps Ed Cowan (10 not out) and Steven Cazzulino (9 not out) had survived and the Tigers were 0 for 24.

The Blues were effectively eight down when they declared, after Katich was forced to retire hurt on 46. He top-edged a delivery from Luke Butterworth and the ball hit him above the left eye, giving Katich bruising and mild concussion. He was set to be reassessed on Tuesday morning to see if he would take any further part in the match.

Katich and Smith had combined for a 122-run stand in which they both scored their runs at a reasonable rate. Smith said last week that his axing from Australia's Test, ODI and Twenty20 sides had been "a wake-up call that I have to work harder", and his efforts in this game were encouraging, although he was disappointed to be lbw for 98 offering no shot to Butterworth.

Ben Rohrer kept New South Wales on track after that with a brisk 83, and his departure sparked the declaration from captain Steve O'Keefe. The Tigers had sent New South Wales in and things started badly for the dumped Test opener Phillip Hughes, who skied a catch to the wicketkeeper on 1, and his opening partner Usman Khawaja was caught behind for 21.

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  • Michael on February 7, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    Good to see Smith has finally got the message, and also that it has translated into an improved performance. He's had a taste of International cricket and has the potential to be successful, but he still has a lot of improvement left to go.

  • Andrew on February 6, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    Positive day of cricket, hopefully Katich is not too hurt & can play later. 2 Dropped catches by Smith in the slips really hurt NSW. I believe they were on consecutive balls! Given Smith is considered a fine fielder he'd be spewing! Hopefully he'll get his confidence back with his leggies!!!

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