Copeland, Hughes set up NSW victory

New South Wales 271 and 3 for 150 (Hughes 100*, Bird 3-47) beat Tasmania 242 and 177 (Gulbis 62, Copeland 7-58) by 7 wickets

File photo – Trent Copeland finished with 7 for 58 in the second innings © Getty Images

Former Test paceman Trent Copeland destroyed Tasmania with a seven-wicket haul before opener Daniel Hughes scored an unbeaten century to deliver victory to New South Wales inside three days at Bellerive Oval. Chasing 149, the Blues raced to their win with only three wickets down, Hughes having dominated the scorecard with 100 not out from 89 deliveries.

It was the second first-class century of Hughes’ career – both have come in the past month – and Ben Rohrer finished on 37 not out in the successful chase. Jackson Bird picked up 3 for 47 to add to his seven wickets from the first innings, giving him the third ten-wicket match of his first-class career, but it was not enough for Tasmania.

They had started the morning on 3 for 59 but managed only to reach 177 due to the work of Copeland, who picked up five wickets on day three to finish with innings figures of 7 for 58. Not since he secured an eight-wicket bag on debut six years ago had Copeland achieved better figures in a first-class innings. Evan Gulbis top scored for Tasmania with 62.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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