`Valuable lessons' in Tigers' loss

TASMANIA's capitulation at the hands of New South Wales at the weekend has provided the defending Shield champions with some valuable lessons, stand-in skipper Tim Paine believes.

The Tigers dominated the first eight sessions of the match at Bellerive Oval, before losing 7-29 after tea on the third day.

This saw NSW only facing a chase of 255 against an attack that was missing the injured Ben Hilfenhaus, rather than being batted out of the game.

Paine said the team had discussed the collapse and "identified where we've gone wrong at certain times with bat and ball".

"We're absolutely disappointed that we didn't get the six points, but we'll still take a lot out of that game," he said.

"It's always disappointing to have a big lead like that on first innings on a wicket like that, where you want to score runs in your first innings and give yourself a good lead, and when you do that on wickets like that it's hard to lose games.

"The difference between our good and bad at the moment is such that we can have one bad day and we lose a game of four- day cricket.

"We've got to learn from that and when we get to those moments we have to put our foot down and step on the throat of our opposition, which we lacked in this game."

The 28-year-old said the Tigers, who sit third on the table,  were confident they could rectify this issue.

"We had a good chat about it after the game and will continue to work on it," he said.

"For our batting group, when the key moments come up against a Doug Bollinger or in the next game (against Western Australia) it might be a (Nathan) Coulter-Nile or a (Michael) Hogan who can bowl reverse swing at a good pace.

"We'd like to see our top four batters out there facing that rather than six down, which would have made a huge difference."

Paine said the absence of skipper George Bailey and all- rounder James Faulkner could not be used as an excuse for a spluttering Shield defence.

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