A stunning fightback from exciting teenagers Jason Sangha and Jack Edwards has left the NSW Blues well placed on the opening day of the JLT Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania at the SCG.
Sangha was unbeaten on 70 and Edwards 50 with the Blues going to stumps at 5-285 in their first home match of the season after winning the toss and batting.
Both players made their maiden Shield half-centuries in their third match, and debut First Class match at the SCG, combining for an unbroken 104-run partnership.
Sangha and Edwards were team mates in Australia’s Under 19 World Cup side, with Sangha captaining the team to the final against India in New Zealand last February.
Edwards starred during the Blues JLT One-Day Cup campaign at the start of this season as the team’s highest run-scorer in the tournament with 273 runs at an average of 54.6.
Sangha did not play the one-day matches but started with Edwards in the Shield team, showing glimpses of what he is capable of in the first two matches.
Both had a top score in the 30s but Sangha was coming off a pair following the innings loss to Victoria in the previous match.
Promoted from number seven to number five in a show of faith by the Blues hierarchy, Sangha started slowly before gradually revealing a full range of shots. He faced 104 balls, hitting six fours and a six.
Edwards was typically free flowing, facing 71 balls. He also hit six fours and a six.
Their century partnership was the second of the day after the 125 added by Dan Hughes (78) and Kurtis Patterson (56).
Unfortunately neither pushed on for a century following the early loss of Nick Larkin, leg before wicket for six.
Former Test paceman and Manly product Jackson Bird (1-47) helped Tasmania fight back as the visitors struck twice in the final six overs before tea.
Bird held a catch at gully to dismiss Patterson then trapped Hughes lbw.
After the break the Blues lost Moises Henriques for seven and captain Peter Nevill for eight.
The Blues made three changes for the match, including spinners Nathan Lyon and Steve O’Keefe and seamer Sean Abbott.
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