Tasmania v NSW, Sheffield Shield, Hobart

Maddinson, Copeland tons give NSW lead

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 8, 2013

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Tasmania 6 for 425 dec and 1 for 30 trail New South Wales 500 (Maddinson 154, Copeland 106, Dawson 75, Butterworth 5-83) by 45 runs

Nic Maddinson scored a career-best 154 and Trent Copeland made his maiden first-class century to secure first-innings points for New South Wales in a high-scoring battle with Tasmania in Hobart. The Blues were eventually dismissed for 500 and at the close of play a draw was looming with the Tigers on 1 for 30 in their second innings, still trailing by 45 runs with Mark Cosgrove on 10 and Alex Doolan on 20.

Doug Bollinger had trapped Ben Dunk lbw for a golden duck and it was one of ten wickets to fall throughout the day after New South Wales resumed in the morning at 1 for 145. Luke Butterworth moved to the top of the Sheffield Shield wicket tally for this summer with 5 for 83 - his season has now produced 30 victims at 17.53 - but he and his colleagues were unable to prevent the Blues passing Tasmania's 425.

Maddinson and Copeland combined for a 188-run sixth-wicket partnership, reminiscent of the hefty stand between Ricky Ponting and Jason Krejza for Tasmania across the first two days of the game. Maddinson had struggled for runs this season and brought up his third first-class hundred, while Copeland, who had a previous highest score of 55, managed 106 before he was lbw to Krejza.

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Posted by HatsforBats on (February 9, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

@Chris_P, re: his bowling, I think he's lost a bit of confidence after his dropping from the test side. A lot of comments called for him to gain some extra pace, which I think is justified if he was to play as a front line "quick". But if he can consistently produce with the bat, at his age I see no reason why he couldn't make it back into the side as a number 8 and stock bowler, i.e. the role ABMac should have been playing the last couple of years.

Posted by Chris_P on (February 9, 2013, 8:41 GMT)

@HatsforBats. Either way, he must possess more than average talent to score a first class ton. He has looked a good solid player, but then again I have only ever seen him come in 9 or 10. Now if he can replicate this type of form with the ball.

Posted by HatsforBats on (February 8, 2013, 23:26 GMT)

@Chris_P, I'm pretty sure Copeland was a higher order (even opening) bat in his younger formative years. And a wk? It's been a very hot summer in Hobart so the pitch is probably very nice for batting. Good to see young Maddison cash in.

Posted by Chris_P on (February 8, 2013, 21:20 GMT)

@Meety. I seriously am surprised by Copeland's efforts. He looks solid when he bats, for a lower order bat, but to score a ton? The track must be back to its old "road" status of years gone by.

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