Jack Edwards starred with bat and ball as New South Wales cruised to a comfortable six-wicket victory over Tasmania in their Marsh Cup season opener at Junction Oval.
Edwards (92 from 63 balls) and Daniel Hughes (58 from 71 balls) combined for a 137-run opening partnership in St Kilda, helping the Blues chase down the 199-run target with 93 balls to spare on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old blasted 11 boundaries and four sixes before falling agonisingly short of a third List A hundred, edging behind off Tigers seamer Bradley Hope in the 20th over.
MATCH CENTRE: NSW vs Tasmania, Marsh Cup scorecard
The opening over of the run chase was shrouded in controversy, with Hughes earning a massive reprieve while facing Tasmanian quick Riley Meredith.
A white towel fell out of Meredith’s back pocket moments before his delivery, which Hughes edged through to wicketkeeper Caleb Jewell. Umpire Phil…