Sheffield Shield – New South Wales batting in the spotlight after ‘very humbling’ defeat

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They are still well placed to make the Sheffield Shield final but a number of batsmen are under pressure

New South Wales will take a hard look at their batting after a defeat to Tasmania that captain Peter Nevill termed “very humbling” following their collapse for a record low of 32 all out in the first innings.

The scoreline wasn’t quite as dramatic on the third day, but they could only manage 194 to lose by 298 runs. While they are still well placed to secure a spot in the final the defeat – their second in four games in the second half of the season – was a blow to hopes of securing the decider at home.

Queensland are top by less than a point but have two games remaining – the first starting on Tuesday against South Australia in Brisbane weather permitting and then against New South Wales in Wollongong in what could decide top spot. Mathematically Western Australia and Victoria remain in contention with two games to play but a lot would need to go right for them.

New South Wales were without Moises Henriques, their leading run-scorer this season, and David Warner against Tasmania after the pair were rested and they will be unavailable for the final part of the competition due to IPL commitments, while they also lost Sean Abbott when he split the webbing in his hand. However, Nevill would not use that as an excuse for a match that saw them register their lowest ever first-class total.

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