Tasmania v NSW, Sheffield Shield 2015-16, Hobart March 5, 2016

Bird trips up NSW after Tasmania's collapse

ESPNcricinfo staff

New South Wales 4 for 26 (Patterson 13*, Bird 3-13) trail Tasmania 242 (Webster 73, McDermott 59, Conway 5-45) by 216 runs

File photo - Jackson Bird cut through New South Wales' top order after Tasmania were bowled out for 242 © Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

Tasmania maintained their late season surge by reducing New South Wales to 4 for 26 in reply to 242 after day one of the Sheffield Shield match at Bellerive Oval.

Having beaten Victoria by an innings last round, Tasmania were again able to prosper with the ball after Beau Webster and Ben McDermott had allowed the hosts to scramble to a reasonable total on a lively surface, after New South Wales had elected to bowl first.

Ben Dunk's recent run of strong form did not continue as he was bowled by Doug Bollinger for a duck in the first over of the match, but Webster and McDermott were able to cobble together valuable runs with useful lower order help from Evan Gulbis.

Left with 14 overs to bowl to the visitors before the close, Tasmania were led in their efforts by Jackson Bird, fresh from his effective displays for Australia in the New Zealand Test series. He pinned Daniel Hughes LBW with the fifth ball of the innings, before Hamish Kingston found a way past Ed Cowan.

The exit of Cowan brought the nightwatchman Nathan Lyon to the crease, and after he edged Bird behind, Nic Maddinson also fell LBW to leave New South Wales teetering at stumps. Ben Rohrer and Kurtis Patterson will hope for better on day two.

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  • David on March 7, 2016, 7:10 GMT

    I am always happy when either NSW or Australia make me eat my words, and they both did it in the last 15 hours.... Yee Haw.... but both need to win their next matches to make it count for anything... good luck boyos... :)

  • David on March 5, 2016, 9:11 GMT

    I think the 12th man will be the happiest bloke in this team after today's effort. Sounds like this wicket may be like the one NSW offered earlier in the year, or the bowling is way more exciting than the batting!!

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