CRICKET SHIELD TAS NSW Jordan Silk
Rookie tearaway Nathan Ellis has backed up a stunning Sheffield Shield debut with another big haul for Tasmania, who have startled ladder leaders New South Wales with a convincing nine-wicket win inside three days at Bellerive Oval.
Tigers openers Jordan Silk (67 not out) and Alex Doolan (47) did the bulk of the work in running down a 129-run second-innings target on Sunday afternoon.
It was a timely knock for Silk, who had registered three ducks in two games since the end of the Big Bash.
Tasmania's quicks earlier rolled through the Blues middle and lower order, with Ellis (3-52) and Sam Rainbird (3-72) the chief destroyers.
The pair cleaned up the tail after lunch, combining to take the last three wickets for no score as NSW lost 6-89 to be dismissed for 203.
Ellis, who took 6-43 in the first innings to help set up the win, finished with nine scalps for the game to match his haul on debut last week in the Tigers' win over Western Australia.
"It's seriously impressive what he's been able to do," Silk said of the 25-year-old, who stood up in the absence of spearhead Jackson Bird.
"He's all effort and just finds something during a spell when it seems a bit flat.
"He was enormous again. (I've got) nothing but great things to say about him as a bowler."
The Tigers, in last place coming into this round, have risen to third on the ladder with other matches still to be decided.
They are a remote chance of making the top two but must win their final match against Victoria and have a host of results fall their way.
NSW are 16 points clear of second-placed Queensland on the ladder but have dropped two of their past three games.
"Unfortunately we got outplayed for the full fixture. They taught us a bit of a lesson about how to play on a green wicket," Blues skipper Peter Nevill said.
The Blues lost regular wickets in the morning session, with Daniel Solway (41) adding just five to his overnight score.
NSW missed the middle-order experience of allrounder Moises Henriques, who pulled out on the morning of the match with a back injury.
On a pace-friendly pitch, Test spinner Nathan Lyon bowled just 14.3 overs for the match.