The Tasmanian Tigers have finished the JLT Sheffield Shield season in fifth place after falling to a 149-run defeat vs. New South Wales at Blundstone Arena on Saturday.

The Blues were chasing a win for their spot in the Shield Final beginning this week in Melbourne and routed the Tigers - who's Finals hope had evaporated early in the match, on the morning of Day 4.

With rain expected on the final afternoon of the match and a draw not enough for the Blues, they declared at 5/149 in their second inning with a seemingly underpar chase of 270 ahead for Tasmania.

Though when Sean Abbott got the ball hooping, it was only Matthew Wade - who passed 1,000 runs for the Shield season in this innings, who offered any resistance as his side fell for 120.

On Day 3, it was spearhead Jackson Bird who reached his own remarkable milestone for the summer when he had Nick Larkin caught behind the wicket by Tim Paine. This was Bird's 50th wicket of the season.


Bird became just the second bowler in history to 50 wickets in a Shield season twice, alongside Andy Bichel, whilst Wade became the fourth batsman in the last 10 summers to reach the 1,000 run landmark.

Tigers opener Alex Doolan finished the season in third on the Shield runs standings - behind Wade and Marcus Harris, and compiled 72 in the first innings.

Ben McDermott was another Tiger to star with the willow in hand in the defeat, bringing up his fourth half-century of the red ball summer.

With the ball, it was Bird and allrounder Simon Milenko - on his return to the side, who impressed most in the first innings and Gabe Bell was the best in the second.

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