The NSW Blues led by 30 runs at stumps on day two of the round nine Marsh Sheffield Shield fixture against Tasmania, at Blundstone Arena, Hobart.
The Blues were 3/105 at the close of play with Daniel Solway (36 not out) and Matt Gilkes (3 not out) unbeaten at the crease. Tasmania was dismissed on the stroke of Tea for 270 leading by 75.
Momentum swung slightly back in Tasmania’s favour just before stumps when No. 3 Kurtis Patterson departed for 46 after sharing a 68-run partnership with Solway for the third wicket.
Twenty-three wickets have fallen across the first two days including 13 on day one.
In his first match back for the Blues, after returning from his tour of South Africa with the Australian T20 squad, fast bowler Sean Abbott added a fourth wicket to the three he claimed the previous evening.
Abbott finished with 4-52 from 23 overs. Seamer Trent Copeland claimed 3-85, while 19-year-old allrounder Jack Edwards snared two valuable scalps.
Charlie Wakim (78) and Ben McDermott (46) made a good start for the hosts adding 94 of their 99-run partnership on the second morning, after resuming at 3/63.
Edwards (2-42) broke the partnership with his first ball of the match, claiming McDermott leg before wicket, and another two wickets followed for NSW, either side of lunch.
One of which was the Australian Test captain Tim Paine (18) on what turned out to be the last ball before the interval to Copeland. Edwards then claimed Wakim caught at point by Nathan Lyon, second over after lunch with the score 6/181.
The Tasmanian tail wagged adding 89 to give Tasmania a handy first innings’ lead. Beau Webster contributed 48 from 68 balls towards the end.
Blues openers Nick Larkin and Daniel Hughes both fell within the first 10 overs of the second innings.
Larkin without score in the second over to Nathan Ellis leg before wicket and Hughes departed for 19.