Two players originally from NSW upstaged the Blues in their Marsh One-Day Cup match against Tasmania at Hobart’s Bellerive Oval.
A century from Mac Wright in just his second match and then six wickets from veteran seamer Jackson Bird set Tasmania up for a 120-run victory after being sent in to bat on a challenging pitch.
Wright, from the NSW South Coast and originally a part of the Blues’ pathway program, scored 104 from 117 balls with eight fours and four sixes as Tasmania recovered from 3-16 and 5-96 to make 9-251 in their 30 overs. The Blues dropped a number of catches and allowed 19 wides amongst 27 extras.
The Blues were then bowled out for just 131 in 32.3 overs with Bird, originally a Grade cricketer from Manly, claiming 6-25, which easily eclipsed his previous best List A one-day figures of 3-39.
Jason Sangha, playing his second one-day match for the Blues, top-scored with 23.
Sangha was one of six young and inexperienced players in the Blues line-up that included debutant allrounder Hayden Kerr, Matthew Gilkes, Jack Edwards, Nathan McAndrew and Liam Hatcher.
Fast bowler Hatcher collected 3-46 in just his second match for the Blues having debuted three days earlier against Victoria.
It was a disappointing end to a disappointing one-day campaign for the Blues, who managed to win just one of their seven matches.
This is a complete contrast to the Blues’ Sheffield Shield performances, where they sit unchallenged at the top of the table with four wins from as many matches.