Sporting declarations from George Bailey and then Peter Nevill has produced one of the great days of Shield cricket for the summer.

Set 350 for win after declaring before play & NSW calling their second innings closed at 1/22, the Tigers looked on track for a great win before a later stumble.

Via Alex Doolan (90) and then Beau Webster (80* from 211 deliveries) and Matthew Wade, the Tigers were managing the required run rate and had a set partnership.

But when Wade fell LBW, Paine and Rogers soon followed, leaving the Tigers 100 short of the target with 11 overs to bat through.

Webster's superb anchoring role throughout the majority of the day ensured the visitors had a set batsmen at the crease throughout the nervous period, which played a key role in getting the Tigers to end of the game with no further loss.

The Tigers return to Hobart for three home Shield matches before the Big Bash begins, starting with top of the table Victoria next Saturday.

Day 3 - Rain reigns supreme

The rain fell hard at the SCG on Day 3, all but ensuring this game is likely headed for a draw.

In the 27 deliveries which were bowled, George Bailey was dismissed caught behind off Copeland (4/27) on the very first one.

From there, Jake Doran (7*) & Matthew Wade 6* set about sticking around at the crease with the impending shower which was expected to be heavy.

Day 4 will begin at the earlier time of 10am as the Tigers look to take advantage of the 50 more overs in which they can accrue bonus points.

 

Day 2 - Late Copeland wickets pressures Tigers

The Sangha-Edwards partnership which did the damage late on Day 1 had the better of the morning session today at the SCG.

The teen duo each brought up their hundreds before departing shortly after, Sangha (117) was caught at cover-point by Jordan Silk off Matthew Wade's bowling to earn the 'keeper his fifth first-class wicket.

From there, the Blues added 38 further runs before the Tigers took over with the willow. 

Gabe Bell continued his great start to the Shield season with another three-wicket haul (3/75), Riley Meredith with 2/64 in his third first-class game our next best bowler.

A great partnership of 92 to begin our innings looked set to take the Tigers to stumps in a commanding position.

But when Doolan (53) fell and Silk (39) just three balls later, our fresh middle order was exposed to a tricky period before stumps.

Copeland claimed Webster caught down the legside before skipper George Bailey (1*) and Jake Doran (6*) got the side safely into Day 3 with no further damage.

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Day 1 - Late partnership swings game toward NSW

Day 1 of the Sheffield Shield action between NSW (5/285 at stumps) and Tasmania at the SCG went back and forth throughout. 

The early wicket of Larkin - trapped LBW by Gabe Bell, appeared to set the tone for the Tigers before a stand of 125 between Kurtis Patterson (56) and Daniel Hughes (78) evened the game out.

When Patterson was dismissed by third-gamer Meredith (1/49) after Tasmania had applied the brakes, the tide began to swing toward the visitors.

NSW fell from 1/137 to 5/181 from 19 overs of top Tiger bowling before Blues young guns Jason Sangha (70*) and Jack Edwards (50*) met at the crease.

After surviving the onslaught of momentum and then the new ball, the Blues' boys punished the Tigers bowling late in the day to edge the hosts ahead heading into Day 2 with an unbroken stand of 104*.

The Tigers bowled well as a unit until following the final drinks break, with the runs per over for NSW hovering at a little over two for the majority of the day.

All five of the bowlers - including the usual part-time off-spin of number three bat Beau Webster (1/68 from 26 overs), got themselves a wicket to epitomise the pack bowling mentality instilled by coach Adam Griffith.

Before play, the Tigers made two changes to their XI which lost to WA in Perth last time out, with Test captain Tim Paine and Riley Meredith replacing Simon Milenko and Sam Rainbird.

NSW brought back Test off-spinner Nathan Lyon for his first Shield game of the summer.

The action from Day 2 will begin at 10:30am AEDT and will be on livestream at www.cricket.com.au or on the CA Live app.

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