Sheffield Shield 2018-19: Sporting gesture ends in a cliffhanger of a draw

At 250-7, a result of Tasmania winning the match was on the cards.

George Bailey
George Bailey. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The skipper of teams Tasmania and New South Wales- George Bailey and Peter Nevill respectively- got together to trade declarations as Tasmania settled for a cliffhanger of a draw in their Sheffield Shield encounter. For the reason that Day three’s play was marred by rain, the possibility of an outright result of the match seemed like a long shot.

New South Wales declared their first innings on 442 for the loss of nine wickets, riding on the back of twin centuries from Jason Sangha and Jack Edwards. In reply, Tasmania declared their first innings on 115 for the loss of four scalps, conceding a monumental lead of 327.

New South Wales, led by Peter Nevill, batted only for four overs before declaring and setting George Bailey’s troops a target of 350, sparing a little more than 100 overs to achieve it and set an example of a sporting gesture. A composed and a steady start from Jordan Silk (23 off 92 balls) followed by Alex Doolan and Beau Webster’s 79-run partnership took the team to a total of 145 in 58 overs.

The “GOAT” steps up to push for the win

Australian team’s frontline spinner took it all upon himself to take New South Wales towards their victory by ripping apart Tasmania’s middle order with a four-wicket burst. At 250-7, a result of Tasmania winning the match was on the cards, however, Beau Webster (80*) denied their opposition a famous win along with an equally resilient Jackson Bird. Both batted out more than 11 overs to prevent their rivals from going over the line.

Lyon’s form in the Sheffield Shield is undeniably a blessing for the national team as they await a profusely stern test when India arrives Down Under to play against Australia in four Tests.

One of the most famous wins for Australia came against India when Nathan Lyon did something similar at Adelaide. India were cruising in pursuit of 363. Nathan Lyon picked up the crucial wicket of Virat Kohli from where Australia took the remaining seven wickets for 73 runs. The right-arm off-spinner finished with 12 wickets in the match.

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