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Maddinson, Copeland steer NSW to points
By David Beniuk
19:50 AEST Fri Feb 8 2013

Career-best scores from rising star Nic Maddinson and tailender Trent Copeland have steered NSW to first-innings points on day three of the Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania at Bellerive.

Maddinson cracked a classy 154, his first century of the summer, to pass his previous best of 137 as well as 1000 runs in his burgeoning career along the way.

Former Test medium-pacer Copeland notched his maiden first-class ton of 106 as the pair put on 188 to help the Blues to 500 in reply to Tasmania's 6(dec)-425.

At stumps, the Tigers were 1-30 in their second dig, trailing by 45 runs.

Mark Cosgrove was unbeaten on 10 and Alex Doolan 20, off just 11 balls, after opener Ben Dunk made a first-ball duck.

But on a placid Bellerive pitch that has made the greentops of earlier in the season look like a distant memory, the match looks headed for a stalemate.

Maddinson notched his third first-class ton in what has otherwise been a lean season yielding just one 50 for the highly rated 21-year-old.

In 2010, he beat Arthur Morris's record in becoming the youngest NSW player to score a first-class century on debut as an 18-year-old, a mark broken a year later by Kurtis Patterson.

"I've been in and out of the side for the last couple of weeks and missed the last game and haven't had the year I wanted so it was more relief for me," Maddinson said.

"I've made a big few steps the last couple of weeks.

"I've sort of got back to where I was feeling comfortable and confident with my batting again."

Australia are crying out for young batsmen to consistently make runs but Maddinson said he needed to put several good seasons together.

"There's so many changes in Australian cricket at the moment - there's going to be a lot of new guys come into the side," he said.

"I guess there's always opportunity there for guys who are doing well but I think that comes back to putting one or two years at least of strong performances on the board before you can earn selection."

Copeland, who had previously made just two 50s in his 34 first-class matches with a highest score of 55, finished with 106 from just 139 balls.

When Maddinson was out at 6-478, it sparked a lower-order collapse with NSW losing 5-22 to be all out for 500, Tigers paceman Luke Butterworth finishing with 5-83.

"That's pretty much put us out of the game now," Butterworth said.

"Our plan is just to bat as long as we can tomorrow."