Tue, 23 Apr 2019

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New South Wales 9 for 442 dec (Hughes 78, Patterson 56, Sangha 117, Edwards 101) and 1 for 22 dec drew with Tasmania 4 for 115 dec (Dollan 53, Copeland 4-27) & 7 for 264 (Doolan 90, Webster 80*, Lyon 4-88)

Tasmania survived a stunning final-day spell from Nathan Lyon to secure a draw against New South Wales in fading light at the SCG. Tigers batsman Beau Webster held firm, scoring 80 not out from 211 balls to deny the Blues victory after Lyon claimed four wickets late in the day.

The two captains George Bailey and Peter Nevill set up the thrilling finish by declaring the second and third innings of the match early on the final day, after most of day three was lost to rain.

Tasmania declared their first innings on their overnight score of 4 for 115 before New South Wales batted just four overs in their second innings - declaring on 1 for 22 - to set a target of 350 with more than 100 overs to get them.

The chase started superbly, reaching 1 for 145 in the 59th over, with Alex Doolan and Webster putting on 79 for the second wicket. Doolan continued his sublime form, making 90 before he was caught at cover off the bowling of Steve O'Keefe.

Tasmania's chase stalled and a draw appeared likely, but Lyon turned the match as only he can. He had Jake Doran caught and bowled before Bailey was bowled, deceived by flight and drop from around the wicket.

Matthew Wade was pinned LBW by Sean Abbott and Test captain Tim Paine was bowled between his legs by Lyon from around the wicket to put a scare through the Tigers camp.

The match got really tense two overs later when Lyon found the outside edge of Tom Rogers bat with a fizzing offbreak to leave the Blues just three wickets from victory.

But Webster and Jackson Bird survived 11.1 overs as the ground was enveloped in shadows and Lyon bowled with all nine fielders around the bat. The match was called a draw in Lyon's 35th over.

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