Future Blues have a big win
WHILE most of the talk post match was his record-breaking unbeaten triple century, Daniel Hughes believes most of the credit for his team's victory at C.ex Coffs International Stadium can be attributed to the bowlers on the first day.
The captain of the New South Wales Futures League team said dismissing Tasmania before the tea break on the opening day's play for only 185 gave the batsmen a chance to put the Blues in an impregnable position.
"I always thought that 185 was never enough on that wicket," Hughes said.
Hughes said the spell from leg-spinner Will Somerville, which tore through the middle order, set up the win.
"To have them 2-100 on the first day going into lunch, I thought it was going to be hard work with their two best players in.
"Then Will Somerville come out just after lunch and bowled beautifully, got those five wickets and it was exactly what we needed on a flat wicket," he said.
"He actually got a bit of turn and bounce on day one which was surprising but hats off to him, he bowled fantastic."
Cashing in on the opportunity presented, the Blues set about amassing a large total that would only leave Tasmania hopes of batting out a draw.
Aside from Hughes' memorable 300 not out, contributions from Nick Larkin (70) and Ryan Gibson (92) ensured the NSW XI kept its foot on the opponent's throat.
On a wicket that was friendly to the batsmen, Hughes combined for a 135 run stand with Larkin and a 98 run partnership with Phil Wells (43), before a 238 run stand with Gibson sent the score toward the 500 mark.
Knowing how good the pitch was for batting, Hughes knew dismissing Tasmania a second time would be hard work.
"The wicket's very slow and most of the dismissals are caught in front of the wicket or LBW and bowled.
"You just try and bowl straight and bring the LBs and bowleds and caught in front of the wickets into play," he said.
Tasmania batted patiently for more than 100 overs, before a late collapse sealed victory for the home team by an innings and 81 runs.
A century by opening batsman Caleb Jewell, with strong support from Dom Michael (67) and Trent Keep (47), saw the batting team get past the second new ball and gave the Tigers hopes at lunch on the final day that it might be able to secure a draw.
That was until Harry Conway and Josh Lalor combined to rip through the lower order.
TASMANIA 1st INNINGS
|J SILK||lbw||b T Copeland||11||23|
|C JEWELL||lbw||b T Copeland||11||27|
|D MICHAEL||b W Somerville||38||80|
|T PAINE||c D Solway||b W Somerville||67||110|
|B McDERMOTT||c N Larkin||b T Copeland||0||4|
|T KEEP||c G Sandhu||b W Somerville||5||17|
|C ROSE||c N Larkin||b W Somerville||0||5|
|B HILFENHAUS||not out||33||39|
|T Le ROSSIGNOL||c P Wells||b W Somerville||11||22|
|B KING||run out (R Gibson)||0||0|
|R LEES||c B McClintock||b G Sandhu||0||4|
|Sundries:||(3nb, 1w, 2b, 3lb)||9|
|TOTAL:||(54.4 overs)||All out for||185|
Bowling: G Sandhu 9.4-0-42-1, T Copeland 19-9-30-3, J Lalor 6-3-13-0, H Conway 4-1-16-0, W Somerville 16-2-79-5.
NSW 1st INNINGS
|N LARKIN||lbw||b B Hilfenhaus||70||133|
|D SOLWAY||c D Michael||b B Hilfenhaus||1||5|
|D HUGHES||not out||300||471|
|P WELLS||c T Paine||b C Rose||43||96|
|R GIBSON||run out (J Silk)||92||152|
|B McCLINTOCK||not out||30||42|
|Sundries:||(9nb, 11b, 9lb)||29|
|TOTAL:||(149.5 overs)||4 wkts decl for||565|
Bowling: B Hilfenhaus 27-6-90-2, M Wilkie 23-4-71-0, R Lees 17-2-58-0, C Rose 43-5-142-0, B King 16.5-0-79-0, T Le Rossignol 11-2-57-0, T Paine 3-1-15-0, D Michael 5-0-17-0, J Silk 4-0-16-0.
TASMANIA 2nd INNINGS
|J SILK||c D Hughes||b J Lalor||10||16|
|C JEWELL||run out (J Pattison)||107||314|
|D MICHAEL||b T Copeland||67||115|
|T PAINE||c B McClintock||b J Lalor||9||32|
|B McDERMOTT||c B McClintock||b J Pattison||15||46|
|T KEEP||lbw||b T Copeland||47||109|
|C ROSE||not out||11||55|
|B HILFENHAUS||c J Pattison||b J Lalor||0||4|
|T Le ROSSIGNOL||b H Conway||9||44|
|B KING||c J Lalor||b H Conway||4||11|
|R LEES||b H Conway||0||4|
|Sundries:||(9nb, 1w, 6b, 4lb)||20|
|TOTAL:||(123.3 overs)||All out for||299|
Bowling: G Sandhu 10-2-31-0, J Lalor 33-11-71-3, W Somerville 15-4-62-0, H Conway 23.3-9-38-3, T Copeland 16-9-22-2, T Ley 11-5-26-0, J Pattison 15-1-39-1.
NSW won by an innings and 81 runs.