Tasmania maintained its lead with a one-run win over New South Wales – LSB

Tasmania 493 (Hope 132, Duran 118, Webster 103). New South Wales 181 and 311 (Davies 62, Green 61, Neil Smith 3-57) by the innings and one run.

Tasmania maintained their dominant start to the Sheffield Shield season, beating New South Wales by one run and one run to remain at the top of the table after five rounds.

After resuming on the third day at 46 for 3, New South Wales worked hard at Bellerive Oval to take the match to the final day and get the home team to bat again but failed.

Spinner Jarrod Freeman made the key breakthrough late in the final session, trapping Ben Dwarshuis lbw for 21 and ending his 51-run stand for the eighth wicket with Chris Green.

Freeman also bowled Chris Tremaine for a golden duck, and ended the match, with the Blues dismissed for 311. The visitors could only make 181 on the first day and Tasmania dominated their first innings of 493.

Tasmania are the only team unbeaten after five rounds and this is their third win. The team has 28.77 points, while second place Western Australia has 25.22 points.

Ryan Hackney and Matthew Gilks ​​put on 82 runs for the fourth wicket early on Monday, raising the Blues’ hopes they can take the game to Tasmania. Gilks ​​made 56 while Hackney made 44.

Ollie Davies top-scored with 62 and Green made his highest Shield score, an unbeaten 61 off 159 balls and including 10 fours, as he and Dwarshuis batted in the afternoon.

But the Blues have lost their last three points in four appearances and remain second on the ladder. Tasmania’s Bradley Hope was man of the match throughout with an unbeaten century and two wickets.

Lawrence Neil Smith took 3 for 57 in the Blues’ second innings, while Freeman and Hope took two wickets each.

NSW will host Tasmania from November 28 in the next Shield match with Test player Nathan Lyon returning after being rested from the trip to Hobart.

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