Tasmania v NSW, Sheffield Shield 2015-16, Hobart, 3rd day March 7, 2016

Copeland, Hughes set up NSW victory

ESPNcricinfo staff

New South Wales 271 and 3 for 150 (Hughes 100*, Bird 3-47) beat Tasmania 242 and 177 (Gulbis 62, Copeland 7-58) by 7 wickets

File photo - Trent Copeland finished with 7 for 58 in the second innings © Getty Images

Former Test paceman Trent Copeland destroyed Tasmania with a seven-wicket haul before opener Daniel Hughes scored an unbeaten century to deliver victory to New South Wales inside three days at Bellerive Oval. Chasing 149, the Blues raced to their win with only three wickets down, Hughes having dominated the scorecard with 100 not out from 89 deliveries.

It was the second first-class century of Hughes' career - both have come in the past month - and Ben Rohrer finished on 37 not out in the successful chase. Jackson Bird picked up 3 for 47 to add to his seven wickets from the first innings, giving him the third ten-wicket match of his first-class career, but it was not enough for Tasmania.

They had started the morning on 3 for 59 but managed only to reach 177 due to the work of Copeland, who picked up five wickets on day three to finish with innings figures of 7 for 58. Not since he secured an eight-wicket bag on debut six years ago had Copeland achieved better figures in a first-class innings. Evan Gulbis top scored for Tasmania with 62.

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  • David on March 8, 2016, 3:54 GMT

    Malomay, Bird's from NSW as well. Just like Joe Mennie

  • David on March 7, 2016, 21:48 GMT

    No we haven't forgotten what happened the last time he played tests Francis. He got Dilshan 3 times, Jayawardene twice, went for 2 runs an over and Australia won a series in the subcontinent. Your point?

  • Phat on March 7, 2016, 21:42 GMT

    Francis, it wasn't one good performance. he took 7 in the previous game including a bag of 5 and 47 not out in a shaky run chase. all this comes after almost 2 years out of first class cricket with a back injury. he has nearly 250 first class wickets at a tick over 25. last time he played for Australia he went at 2 an over on pitches that offered nothing and helped them win a series. I really don't understand your point

  • Mal on March 7, 2016, 20:53 GMT

    @Francis, well I'm glad someone mentioned Jackson Bird, I was starting to wonder if this was a NSW exclusive forum ! Bird coming off a Test 5-for & also has a 10 wicket match, so sorry Trent, but you're still down the line a little way. BTW, what was with the huge send off of Triffitt ? You don't see that sort of stuff from Bird.

  • Francis Cappellazzo on March 7, 2016, 20:15 GMT

    Is everyone forgetting what happened the last time he played tests? Is everyone also blind to the other bowler who took 7 in the first innings and all 3 in the failed defense of a small total. I swear if someone has one good performance, commenters praise them as the next Dale Steyn.

  • Merv on March 7, 2016, 11:50 GMT

    Also not too often that 2 bowlers take 10 wickets in a match. Good pitch and one where football isn't already on where cricket should be.

  • Merv on March 7, 2016, 11:46 GMT

    Copeland has to play again for Australia. He is a class act, even for someone from NSW. Let Boland, Paris and the rest earn their place. He has earned his.

  • Izmi on March 7, 2016, 10:25 GMT

    Trent Copeland's bowling should come in handy on the slow wickets in the Indian subcontinent. He should come into consideration for the T20 cricket world cup if there's an injury to any bowler in the aussie cricket team. I remember how well he bowled in his debut 5 years ago in Sri Lanka where he had the batsmen baffled by his variation of pace. Hope he too is not injury prone like the rest of our fast bowlers.

  • Mustansir on March 7, 2016, 10:20 GMT

    What a late season copeland having. i think he is serious contender for the place of siddle and can play a good hand at no. 7 or 8. keep it up copsey.

  • subhasish on March 7, 2016, 10:06 GMT

    Copland I think deserve a place in the Australian test squad he can bat also Australia nxt play test matches in Sri Lanka last couple of years Sri Lankan pitches helps fast bowling if siddle not fit I back copland to replace siddle he can also replace mitch marsh play as a all-rounder in the team bat at no7 he is still young 29 he can play for Australia for another 5 years

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