New South Wales 6 for 316 (Maddindon 137, Hughes 56, Boyce 2-50, Bird 2-62) beat Tasmania 214 (Silk 55, Dunk 38, Edwards 4-31, Abbott 3-29, Lyon 3-58) by 102 runs
A sparkling Nic Maddinson century, a late starburst of shots from Ed Cowan and a four-wicket breakout display by Mickey Edwards carried New South Wales to a comprehensive defeat of Tasmania in the domestic limited overs match at the WACA Ground in Perth.
The Blues had been sent in to bat in the hope of some early movement in the air and off the pitch, but Maddinson and Daniel Hughes made light work of the Tigers’ new ball duo of Jackson Bird and Andrew Fekete, pressing NSW to 136 in the 21st over before Hughes was stumped off the bowling of the former Queenslander Cameron Boyce.
However, Maddinson went well past three figures, clattering no fewer than 23 fours and a six in the sort of stylish display that led to a Test team call-up last summer. Once Maddinson departed, Cowan took up the slack with his own brand of aggression, spending a mere 32 balls on an undefeated 51 with some help from the wicketkeeper Peter Nevill.
Tasmania’s chase was given a rapid start by Ben Dunk and Ben McDermott, but the Tigers were unable to maintain their momentum after Test spinner Nathan Lyon removed Dunk. Sean Abbott claimed the key duo of Alex Doolan and George Bailey, opening the way for Edwards to work his way through the middle of the innings.
Lyon and Abbott also finished with three wickets apiece, handing NSW their first win, after they failed narrowly to beat Western Australia in their opening fixture.