A century from in-form opener Ryan Carters has led NSW to a come-from-behind six-wicket Sheffield Shield win over Tasmania at Bellerive.
Carters’ stunning form in first class cricket continued as he made a neat 100 to lead the Blues to a comprehensive final day victory that had looked unlikely midway through day three.
The 23-year-old smacked 10 boundaries on a tricky wicket as NSW reached their target of 4-255 shortly after tea.
Scott Henry (76no) and Nic Maddinson (43) played the support roles as the Blues retained top spot on the Shield ladder.
Carters made 94 and 40 against the touring English in a Sydney Ashes warm-up match last month.
He was averaging 92.5 in Shield cricket this season before the Bellerive match after scores of 154 and 67 in his previous game against Queensland at the SCG.
On a wearing deck that played the odd trick, the Blues rarely looked like faltering when they resumed at 0-43 against a Tigers attack missing Ben Hilfenhaus, who aggravated a side strain on Saturday.
Carters and Maddinson put on 83 before the left-hander miscued a drive straight to Ed Cowan at mid-off from the bowling of Luke Butterworth (1-54).
Carters and Henry then put on 138 until the century-maker was lbw to Sam Rainbird (3-52) at 2-221.
Rainbird found himself on a hat-trick when he bowled Ben Rohrer (0) with his next ball, but Kurtis Patterson (4) survived a big lbw shout before holing out on the stroke of tea at 4-233.
A victory had looked unlikely when Tasmania claimed first innings points with a lead of 90 and were 3-123 in their second dig.
But a dramatic collapse of 7-29 left the home side all out for 164 in their second innings late on day three.
At the MCG, South Australia have eased to a seven-wicket win over Victoria.
After losing two early wickets, SA cruised to victory at 3-183 after tea on the fourth day, claiming their second outright win of the season.
It is Victoria’s second straight outright loss.
Callum Ferguson (21) belted a four off Jon Holland for the winning runs, while Michael Klinger top scored with an unbeaten 73.
Klinger and Tom Cooper ensured the win with a 122-run partnership for the third wicket.
Cooper was out at tea for 71, hitting the ground in anger with his bat after part-timer Rob Quiney had him caught at first slip.
The expected challenge on the final day from Victoria’s front-line spinners Fawad Ahmed and Holland never happened.
Ahmed conceded 0-38 from nine overs and Holland went 0-63 from 13.1.
Chasing 180, SA were in early trouble at 2-27, but Klinger and Cooper ensured the win with their 122-run stand.
Earlier on Monday, Victoria’s tail continued to wag and they reached 404 in their second innings.
Holland scored 43 and Boland made 42, while Gary Putland and Chadd Sayers took three wickets apiece.
SA took control on day one when they skittled Victoria for 118.