Boyce leads Tassie to one-day win
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Spinner Cameron Boyce has guided Tasmania to an unlikely 15-run win over NSW in their one-day cup clash on Sunday, starring with the ball and in the field.
After the Tigers set the home side what looked like a below-par score of 242 at Sydney's Hurstville Oval, Boyce led his side to victory.
Forced out of Queensland at the end of last season, the 27-year-old leg spinner took 4-55 as well as a sensational catch on the boundary as the Blues were dismissed for 227.
When Blues skipper Moises Henriques - fresh off 164 not out - looked like he was going to guide his side to victory, Boyce produced the play of the day to have him caught in the deep.
When Henriques (56 off 57) belted Simon Milenko to mid-wicket, Boyce caught the ball, tip-toed along the rope, threw it up before regaining it inside the field of play for a spectacular dismissal.
It left the Blues teetering at 5-174.
Boyce then dismissed Australian Test keeper Peter Nevill (13) and Pat Cummins (5) to kill off any hope of a fightback.
The Blues looked to be cruising with Daniel Hughes (73 off 88) at the crease however the Tigers took regular wickets to get their domestic one-day campaign off to a winning start.
Earlier Cummins continued his strong return from injury, taking 2-46 to help restrict the Tasmanians to 242.
The Tigers got off to a rocky start when Cummins removed dangerman Ben Dunk with the third ball of the day as the visitors slumped to 2-7.
Alex Doolan (67 off 82) was the only Tasmanian batsman to make a real dent on the scoreboard and looked dangerous before chopping Cummins onto his stumps.
Milenko (40 off 41) and Hamish Kingston (39 off 28) provided a few late fireworks to lend some credibility to Tasmania's innings.
Kingston was particularly unlucky when Xavier Doherty hit Gurinder Sandhu back down the pitch with the towering quick getting a hand to it and running out the Tigers' No.8.