Copeland six-for keeps New South Wales on top

Tasmania 209 (Doran 66, Copeland 6-54) and 1 for 24 need another 391 runs to beat New South Wales 5 for 495 dec and 1 for 128 dec (Cowan 66*)

Trent Copeland picked up 6 for 54 (file photo) © Getty Images

Trent Copeland completed a six-wicket haul as New South Wales continued to dominate on the third day against Tasmania at Bellerive Oval. Copeland picked up 6 for 54 in the Tasmania first innings and then claimed another wicket late in the day as the Tigers set out on what seemed an extremely unlikely chase of 415.

The morning began with Tasmania on 5 for 107 in their first innings and although teenage wicketkeeper Jake Doran provided some fight with 66, the Tigers had no real answer to the quality of the New South Wales seam attack. Tasmania were bowled out for 209 and Copeland finished with his sixth first-class bag of at least six wickets.

New South Wales then set about extending their lead quickly to set a target, and Ed Cowan struck a brisk unbeaten 66 from 73 balls before the declaration came at 1 for 128. By stumps, Tasmania were already 1 for 24 in their chase after Copeland bowled Jordan Silk for 1. Ben Dunk was on 14 and George Bailey had 7, and Tasmania needed another 391 to win.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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