Blues avoid collapse in vital Shield clash with Tigers

“They were pretty good conditions to bowl in,” said batsman Daniel Hughes.


“Our middle order was a bit loose there in the middle of the day, but we pulled a bit of momentum back with those partnerships.”

It was a rollercoaster day for NSW against a side whose Shield campaign effectively ended with defeat against Western Australia last week.

NSW’s openers put on 99 for the first wicket thanks to Hughes (61) and Nick Larkin (67), before wickets started to fall at regular intervals.

Kurtis Patterson, who assumed the captaincy in place of the absent Peter Nevill, went for 14, while Moises Henriques was out for 10, both to the bowling of returning paceman Simon Milenko (2-39).

Leading Shield wicket-taker Jackson Bird also made an impression for the Tigers with figures of 3-71.

New Blues batsman Nick Bertus was out for 17, while wicketkeeper Baxter Holt, another debutant, remains at the crease on 11, with Trent Copeland on 30.

The pair came into the side in place of Nevill, who is attending the birth of his first child, and spinner Steve O’Keefe following a hamstring strain suffered in the defeat against Victoria last week.



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