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It's not over for NSW, says Jaques

By Laine Clark 21/03/2007 05:49:34 AM Comments (0)

The game plan is simple for Tasmania on day three of the Pura Cup final against NSW at Hobart on Wednesday - "more pressure".

The Tigers' man of the moment - allrounder Luke Butterworth - said there would be no let up for the Blues after Tasmania had NSW on the rack.

Tasmania is poised to seal their maiden Cup title in their very first home final after reducing NSW to 8-207 by stumps on day two in reply to the Tigers' Butterworth-inspired 340 first innings.

Butterworth hit 66 - his first half century for Tasmania in only his fifth Cup game - in an 111-run, eighth wicket partnership with tailender Damien Wright (67) to resurrect the Tigers after they were at one stage reeling at 5-94.

Butterworth then backed up with 2-20 off 14 overs, again combining with paceman Wright (3-38) to give NSW the Blues.

Asked what the Tigers' gameplan would be for day three, Butterworth simply said "more pressure".

"And hopefully we can knock the (last) two (wickets) over very early and have a good bat," he said.

Butterworth suddenly finds himself as one of the stars of the final after gradually earning his spurs for the Tigers.

He did not make his Cup debut for the Tigers until January but has since made every post a winner.

"I was 12th man for the first five or so games (this season), but they were playing very good cricket until then," he said.

"Then a couple of injuries came along and I got my chance and I don't want to give it back.

"My bowling has come along and is probably going a little bit better than the batting at the moment, but I'm looking to turn that around."

NSW allrounder Grant Lambert (43 not out) looms as the big hope for the Blues.

After clinching 3-87 to help clean up the Tigers' tail on Tuesday, Lambert has Phil Jaques' backing to continue his valuable final contribution with the bat on Wednesday.

"Grant has had a superb year in club cricket and he's done really well towards the back end in the first-class season, so hopefully he's got a few more runs left in him," Jaques said.

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