Starc among the wickets for NSW in Shield

Mitchell Starc (pic) has dismissed Matthew Wade to put NSW back in the Shield match with Tasmania.
Mitchell Starc (pic) has dismissed Matthew Wade to put NSW back in the Shield match with Tasmania.

Paceman Mitchell Starc has picked up a couple of wickets, including Ashes squad colleague Matthew Wade, as he strives to improve his chances of a Test recall, on the opening day of the Sheffield Shield match at Sydney's Drummoyne Oval.

Batting first on Friday after Wade won the toss, Tasmania made 6-258, Beau Webster top-scoring with 65.

Starc (2-36 off 22 overs) had Wade (20) caught in the middle session and trapped Callum Jewell lbw with a classic yorker in the final hour, during which he bowled with good pace and beat the bat on a number of occasions.

Test spinner Nathan Lyon (1-69 off 22) had a good workout in his first match since the Ashes.

Left-arm speedster Starc, who played just the fourth Test in the Ashes, took 1-129 in his first NSW hit-out of the season against Queensland in the opening Shield round.

On Friday, he bowled with perseverance on a wicket offering him little.

Starc sent down eight tidy but wicketless overs for 12 runs in the opening session.

Openers Jordan Silk (41) and Alex Doolan (58) put on a 100-run partnership, but were both caught in the slips by Trent Copeland off Sean Abbott (2-41).

Wade started well, cruising to 20 off 27 balls, taking three boundaries off Lyon.

The Tigers' captain gifted Starc his first wicket with a horrid-looking mistimed shot straight to mid-off.

Starc fired out Jewell with the old ball even though a new one was available.

The Blues' middle-order Test batting aspirant Kurtis Patterson re-aggravated a quadriceps injury in the field which kept him out of the first Shield round.

A decision on whether he can bat will be made after the Blues' innings starts.

Webster, who was chosen ahead of veteran batsman George Bailey, was run out close to stumps by a direct hit from Abbott, who threw down the stumps from short cover, as he fielded off his own bowling.

Webster put on 75 for the fourth wicket with Ben McDermott (38), who skied a delivery from Lyon into the gloves of NSW wicketkeeper and captain Peter Nevill.

Australian Associated Press