Bird helps give Tasmania the edge
New South Wales 6 for 150 (Patterson 56*, Bird 3-34) trail Tasmania 295 (Dunk 68, Doolan 65, Triffitt 54, O'Keefe 4-46, Bollinger 4-74) by 145 runs
Three wickets from Jackson Bird helped Tasmania into a strong position on the second day of their clash with New South Wales at Bankstown Oval, where the Blues went to stumps on 6 for 150. They still trailed by 145 runs after Tasmania were earlier dismissed for 295, and at the close of play Kurtis Patterson was the key on 56, and Sean Abbott had 16.
Bird had collected 3 for 34 and Sam Rainbird had taken 2 for 26, including the wicket of Ed Cowan, who was bowled for 13. The major wicket takers in the Tasmania innings had been Doug Bollinger and Steve O'Keefe, who each picked up four victims.
Tasmania had resumed at 1 for 127 and Ben Dunk failed to add to his score of 68 before he was bowled by Bollinger. Alex Doolan was lbw to O'Keefe for 65 and the only other half-century of the innings came from wicketkeeper Tom Triffitt, who managed 54.