Copeland and NSW heading towards Sheffield Shield draw

BATHURST’S Trent Copeland and his NSW Blues are heading towards a draw in their Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania.

SHOUT: Trent Copeland appeals on day one versus Tasmania. Photo: AAP

SHOUT: Trent Copeland appeals on day one versus Tasmania. Photo: AAP

Rain forced day one to be abandoned on Sunday but Jordan Silk’s 104 gave Tasmania a sniff of salvaging a result, his side finishing at 4-392 declared in their first innings on Monday.

Copeland was economical with the ball but unable to find a breakthrough.

From his 31 overs Copeland finished with 0-58 and 12 maidens.

On Tuesday NSW found themselves in trouble at 3-4 when Dan Hughes (2), Nic Maddinson (0) and Nick Larkin (0) were sent back to the pavilion quickly.

Ed Cowan’s 67 helped steady the ship for NSW while Copeland was only able to add nine to the total.

NSW went into tea on Tuesday afternoon sitting unsteadily at 7-162.

Even with NSW struggling with the bat, Wednesday being the last day of play means the match is almost certain to finish in a draw.