NSW v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Sydney November 14, 2015

Dunk makes fifty but rain dominates day

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tasmania 1 for 127 (Dunk 68*, Doolan 44*) v New South Wales

Ben Dunk made a half-century before the rain hit © Getty Images

Ben Dunk gave Tasmania a solid start with an unbeaten half-century but it was rain that dominated the first day of their clash with New South Wales at Bankstown Oval. Only 36.4 overs were possible due to the wet weather, and Tasmania finished at 1 for 127, with Dunk on 68 and Alex Doolan on 44.

The day began with a moment of concern when Dunk was struck on the helmet by a Doug Bollinger bouncer in the first over, but he was able to bat on. Bollinger claimed an early wicket when Beau Webster was trapped lbw for 9, but it was the only success of the day for New South Wales.

Both teams entered the game hoping to put their seasons back on track, Tasmania having lost both of their matches and New South Wales having forfeited the points against Victoria after the match was abandoned due to the state of the SCG turf.

Tasmania made some significant changes to their XI, with fast bowler Andrew Fekete and ex-Test wicketkeeper Tim Paine dropped. Last month, Fekete was to be part of Australia's Test squad for the tour of Bangladesh, which was ultimately cancelled.