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Bird claims eight in Sheffield Shield

14 October 2019

Returning Sydney Sixers seamer Jackson Bird in action during BBL|07.

Returning Sydney Sixer Jackson Bird claimed his 17th First Class five-wicket haul, among his eight wickets, during round one of the Marsh Sheffield Shield completed on Sunday.

His trademark accuracy claimed 5-78 from 27 overs for Tasmania in the second innings against Western Australia at the WACA Ground. The match ultimately ended in a draw.

Bird, 32, returns to the Sixers this season for his fourth BBL campaign with the men in magenta.

Last season, the seamer was part of the Melbourne Stars squad that made the BBL final, a club where he spent the first four seasons of his Big Bash career before moving to the Sixers in 2015/16.

Bird has also played nine Tests for Australia.

In-form Sixers batsman Daniel Hughes also made a statement of his own steering the NSW Blues to victory against Queensland at the Gabba in round one.

Chasing 134 for victory with first innings centurion David Warner and Steve Smith back in the dressing room, the Blues needed Hughes to grind out the win which he duly did.

Hughes, 30, made 66 not out from 109 balls finding a way to negate the potent Queensland pace attack.

The left-handed opener shared an unbeaten 81-run partnership with fellow Sixer and Blues captain Peter Nevill (31 not out) recovering from 5/53 at one stage.

Nevill celebrated his 34th birthday on Sunday.

The innings continued an outstanding start to the season for Hughes.

Leading into the Shield fixture against Queensland, he had peeled off two centuries in his last two Marsh One-Day Cup matches, both against Western Australia at Drummoyne Oval.

He made an unbeaten 112 from 96 balls followed by a match-winning 152 off 143 taking him to the top of the run-scorers list in the Marsh Cup with 300 runs at an average of exactly 100.

Sixers paceman, and reigning Steve Waugh Medallist, Sean Abbott claimed four wickets at the Gabba including 3-25 from 18 overs in the first innings.

Sixers young gun and promising Western Australian, Josh Philippe, made a solid start in the first innings of the Shield match against Tasmania but could not convert falling two short of his half-century. He was then dismissed for 18 in the second.