The NSW Blues became just the seventh team in the history of the Sheffield Shield to claim an unwanted record.
The NSW Blues have posted the fourth-lowest score in the history of the Sheffield Shield and the state’s lowest-ever total from 130 years in the competition, falling for 32 against Tasmania.
They also became just the seventh team in the history of the Sheffield Shield to claim an unwanted record, losing their first three wickets without scoring.
Sydney-born Jackson Bird did the bulk of the damage for the Tasmania Tigers, taking those first three wickets and four others to finish with figures of 7-18.
The Blues narrowly avoided the lowest Shield score in history of 27 – set by South Australia against NSW in 1955.
Tasmania set them a first-innings target of 333. Test skipper Tim Paine topped the score with 87, while Bird chipped in with a half century.
Bird had Daniel Hughes and Daniel Solway both trapped LBW in the space of three balls in the opening over of the innings, before getting Kurtis Patterson to edge one to Paine in his next over.
Peter Siddle grabbed his first wicket, getting Jason Sangha caught behind, before the Blues lost their fifth – and Bird’s fourth – just before lunch.
The break in play did little to stem the flow of wickets, Mitch Starc dismissed for two just after the interval, before three more wickets quickly followed.
Sean Abbott suffered a hand injury while bowling yesterday, so was absent hurt – the Blues all out for 32.
It was well below their previous worst-ever score of 53, set 14 years ago; also against Tasmania at Bellerive Oval.
Tassie skipper Matt Wade declined to enforce the follow on, so Tasmania will look to tack on to their 301-run lead.
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