Clinical Tasmania secure 298-run victory as New South Wales' batting struggles again
This time the wickets were shared around with Peter Siddle taking three
Tasmania 333 (Paine 87, Wade 57, Bird 54*) and 191 (Lyon 4-48) beat New South Wales 32 (Bird 7-18) and 194 (Copeland 58) by 298 runs
It took Tasmania rather longer to bowl New South Wales out a second time, but they wrapped up a 298-run hammering with more than a day to spare following yesterday's record-breaking 32 all out for the visitors.
Second time around New South Wales were six down with less than 100 on the board before some lower-order resistance from Mitchell Starc and Trent Copeland. The defeat leaves them fractionally behind Queensland in second place with them facing the Bulls in their last match in early April which could decide who hosts the final, although Queensland have two games to play.
On this occasion the wickets were shared around by the Tasmania attack with Peter Siddle's 3 for 31 worthy rewarded after he also bowled superbly in the first innings when Jackson Bird had his day out.
It was Siddle who started things off for Tasmania when Daniel Hughes shouldered arms and lost his middle stump in the eighth over. In his next over, Siddle hit the perfect channel to find the outside edge of Nick Larkin.
As they had in the first innings Tasmania's seamers largely pitched the ball full and found enough movement to make life very tricky for the batsmen. However, Kurtis Patterson certainly wore the expression of someone who had received a rough decision when he was given caught behind off left-armer Sam Rainbird but there was no doubt about Rainbird's second when Jason Sangha picked out point with a flashing drive.
Daniel Solway battled for 100 deliveries before receiving a ball from Siddle that he could do little about as it bounced from just short of a length to take the shoulder of the bat to gully.
When Peter Nevill edged Jarrod Freeman to slip - via Tim Paine's pad - to give the offspinner his first wicket of the game it appeared things could finish very quickly but Starc and Copeland added 60 in 10 overs.
Starc then missed a sweep off Freeman and Nathan Lyon was given lbw against Bird but Copeland was able to bring up a 49-ball fifty which included two hooked sixes.