An off night with the willow has seen the Tasmanian Tigers succumb to their first loss of the 2018 JLT Cup at North Sydney Oval against New South Wales tonight.
After bowling and fielding excellently for the bulk of the first innings to restrict the hosts to just 239 on the small ground, the Tigers stumbled with the bat to hand the previously winless Blues a bonus point win.
The best performing Tigers were from the bowling attack with Gurinder Sandhu (4/42 from 8.3) taking four wickets against his former side and Clive Rose (2/35), Jackson Bird (2/43) and Riley Meredith (2/45) each snagging a pair of wickets. With the bat, Clive Rose top scored with 35 - in an innings-best partnership of 53 with Jackson Bird (22), and Ben McDermott made 28 at the top of the order.
After winning the toss and electing to field, some loose opening overs saw the Blues shoot out to 102 in 16 overs before the impress Jack Edwards fell and when Moises Henriques and skipper Kurtis Patterson fell shortly after, the innings became a rescue mission from NSW who were looking to bat time to accumulate a half-way competitive total. They did this through Nick Larkin and Chris Green but a lack of wickets in hand meant they failed to hit out at the death and they were eventually knocked over for 239 with three overs remaining.
Tasmania's reply couldn't have got off to a worse start, with Matthew Wade trapped in front by a full, in-swinging Sean Abbott delivery on the first ball of the 50-over allotment. And it was disappointingly a sign of things to come.
Despite some fleeting moments of promise throughout, with the scorecard indicating each batsmen was able to negotiate the early going relatively comfortably before finding a way to get out.
The Tigers fell to 7-98 and a double bonus point loss to the Blues appeared a reality until Clive Rose and Jackson Bird formed a formidable partnership which may have begun to worry the hosts, if only for a short period.
Rose fell with the score at 151, with wicketkeeper Lenton claiming his fourth of five catches and gamebreaker Abbott his fourth in a five-wicket haul. The dismissals of Summers and Bird concluded the innings with no further runs being added.
The Tigers have a quick turnaround to rebound from perhaps their best bowling performance but also their most lean night with the bat, when they front up again against South Australia at Bankstown Oval on Thursday.
This match starts at 9:30am and will be on livestream at www.cricket.com.au or on the CA Live app.