Wade leads Tasmania fightback against NSW

Matthew Wade has proven himself again to be a man for a crisis after his century inspired a Tasmania fightback in their Sheffield Shield clash with NSW.

Wade struck 146 off 198 balls to lead Tasmania to 8-329 at stumps on day one at Blundstone Arena.

The former Test wicketkeeper arrived at the crease after lunch with the Tigers in trouble at 4-56.

NSW paceman Chris Tremain (3-49) caused the early damage with the scalps of Tim Ward (5), Jake Doran (2) and Jordan Silk (9) to put Tasmania on the back foot.

The departure of Caleb Jewell for 53 left the Tigers wobbling at 5-95.

Wade has built a reputation for digging his teams out of trouble with rearguard fightbacks and this occasion was no different.

The 34-year-old's driving through the covers was exquisite, with his timing and placement a feature.

His 114-run partnership with Beau Webster (41) put Tasmania back on track, and Jarrod Freeman (32) and Jackson Bird (28no) joined in on the fun to further frustrate NSW's attack.

Wade finished with 18 fours and one six before being dismissed on the final ball of the day when he edged Ben Dwarshuis (4-88) down the leg side.

It meant Wade fell just six runs short of matching his highest first-class score of 152.

"His innings was unbelievable," Tasmania paceman Jackson Bird said.

"We were in a bit of strife early. To bat the way he did - it was a typical counter-attacking innings that he normally plays.

"He's played in a lot of situations before, he's always cool, calm and collected.

"When we're in a bit of trouble like that, he's the perfect guy to go in. It's a shame to see him get out on the last ball of the day."

NSW paceman Chris Tremain was left ruing his side's missed chances.

"It was a nice little start, we got a handful of wickets early," Tremain said.

"A handful of catches went down as well, and you can't help but feel we let something slide there. Wade certainly turned the game on its head."

The Blues lost in-form batter Daniel Hughes to COVID-19 before play in a major blow.

He scored 91 in his most recent Shield match, and followed it up with 139 in NSW's one-day loss to South Australia.

Tim Paine was a notable absentee for Tasmania, with Jake Doran instead named as wicketkeeper.