Sean Abbott's fifer gives NSW their first win
New South Wales 239 (Edwards 68, Sandhu 4-42) beat Tasmania 151 (Rose 35, Abbott 5-43) by 88 runs
Sean Abbott's second consecutive five-wicket haul helped New South Wales register their first win of the season, by 88 runs over Tasmania, in their JLT One-Day Cup clash at the North Sydney Oval.
The Blues rode on Jack Edwards' quickfire 68 off 50 balls, before Gurinder Sandhu hit back for Tasmania. The pacer picked up 4 for 42 to help bowl the opposition out for 239. Abbott, though, dented Tasmania's chase by removing their top three batsmen within the first nine overs. Daniel Sams also picked up two wickets, as Tasmania found themselves struggling at 7 for 98. A 53-run eighth-wicket stand between Clive Rose and Jackson Bird only helped save some face, as they were bowled out for 151 in 31.3 overs.
Earlier, after being sent in to bat, the Blues lost Daniel Hughes in the fourth over of the match, but Edwards and captain Kurtis Patterson took the side past 100. Edwards did most of the scoring during their 86-run association, hitting 11 fours and two sixes. Sandhu dismissed Jay Lenton and Sams in successive overs to reduce the Blues to 6 for 158 in the 30th over.
Chris Green and Nick Larkin took the side to 200 with a 42-run stand for the seventh wicket, before Sandhu struck twice in two overs once again to end the innings in 47.3 overs.
In response, Tasmania lost Matthew Wade in the first ball of the chase, when he fell lbw to Abbott. Abbott proceeded to wreck the top order, while Sams made life hard for the middle-order batsmen, with the wickets of Jordan Silk and George Bailey, both caught by wicketkeeper Lenton.
Almost every Tasmania batsman got a start - eight of them reached double figures - but they needed some to carry on. Only Clive Rose crossed 30, before he was dismissed by Abbott for 35. Aaron Summers was bowled next ball, giving Abbott his best figures in List A cricket. Riley Meredith avoided the hat-trick, but Ben Dwarshuis had Bird caught by Lenton, for his fifth catch of the innings, in the next over to wrap up the game.