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February 8, 2012
New South Wales 341 and 4 for 75 (Faulkner 3-34) lead Tasmania 7 for 345 dec (Bailey 117, Cazzulino 87, Lalor 3-73) by 71 runs
George Bailey's third century of the Sheffield Shield season delivered first-innings points to Tasmania on the third day against New South Wales in Hobart. At stumps, the Blues were 4 for 75 in their second innings and they led by 71 runs, with Peter Nevill on 6 and Steve O'Keefe yet to score.
Bailey's quick ton - he made 117 from 140 balls - allowed the Tigers to declare just past the New South Wales total in an effort to push for a result in the rain-affected match. The opener Steven Cazzulino had made 87 from 234 deliveries and Josh Lalor picked up three wickets for New South Wales.
After Bailey's declaration, James Faulkner gave the Tigers hope of a win when he collected three early victims, including Usman Khawaja for 14, while Phillip Hughes fell for 36 to Jackson Bird. Bad light stopped play with 15 overs remaining.
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