Sydney: Test contenders Nathan Hauritz and Doug Bollinger were left with red faces after Tasmania snuck home to grab a thrilling outright win in the Sheffield Shield game against NSW at the SCG on Friday.
Hauritz had one last shot at redemption, but couldn`t pull off an unlikely win for the Blues, grassing a chance to dismiss Tigers No.11 Adam Maher, while Bollinger coughed up the six that sealed Tasmania`s victory.
The dropped catch completed a horror match for the embattled off-spinner who scored a first-ball duck and six with the bat and bowled just one over (0-7). His three catches would have provided only meagre comfort, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
In contrast Xavier Doherty, his main competition for the first Test spinner`s spot, scored an unbeaten 20 in Tasmania`s first innings batting 10 and sent down 25 miserly over for figures of 0-7 and 2-45.
Needing just 90 to win after resuming on day three at 3-73, Tasmania chased down the target to finish 9-167 with Luke Butterworth the hero for the visitors.
Butterworth smashed a six off Bollinger to finish with a run-a-ball 44 not out, the only batsman to pass 40 in the match, and snare the win for the Tigers.