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SHEFFIELD SHIELD 2016-17

Day four washout as Blues, Tigers draw

28 February 2017
MATCH REPORT

Honours finish even in Shield clash in Wollongong after downpours make North Dalton Park unplayable

Sheffield Shield 2016-17, Round eight

NSW
TAS

Rain has washed out any chance of play on day four of New South Wales' Sheffield Shield clash with Tasmania at North Dalton Park in Wollongong, with the contest declared a draw.

The result leaves Tasmania rooted to the foot of the ladder, while New South Wales are in fourth place, some five points behind South Australia in second.

The Blues next face a crunch clash with the Redbacks in Sydney from March 7, before a final-round fixture against WA in Perth from March 16. 

The Tigers have two home matches remaining, against Queensland and South Australia.

DAY THREE REPORT

Tasmania captain George Bailey struck his maiden first class double century to effectively bat Sheffield Shield final aspirants NSW out of the game on Monday.

NSW ended day three at North Dalton Park in Wollongong at 1-141 in their second innings, still 96 runs in arrears of the competition cellar-dwellers.

Bailey, who started the day on 93, cracked 200 not out in a 389-ball knock which included 14 fours.

Bailey doubles up with career best

The former Australia limited-overs captain shared a stunning 215-run partnership with paceman Simon Milenko for the seventh wicket, in a stand which effectively locked NSW out of a game they need to win.

Paine's sensational catch standing up at stumps

Milenko also hit his highest score with the former Queenslander passing a previous best of 75, only to fall on 87 within sight of a maiden century.

Unlucky 87 for Magic Milenko

NSW spinner Will Somerville ran through the tail following the dismissal of Milenko to collect 5-99, with Bailey reaching his landmark before the final two wickets fell without a run added.

Somerville salutes with five

The Blues, who need a win to maintain their hold on second, made a strong reply in the final session with opener Daniel Hughes impressing with an unbeaten 71.

Cowan continues good form with half-century

First innings century-maker Ed Cowan is also unbeaten on 51.

Hughes hits second-innings half-century

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