Hughes was joined by Matthew Gilkes and the pair looked to settle the Blues innings but young quick Nathan Ellis would produce an impressive spell to turn the tide of the match.
Ellis made the breakthrough to remove Hughes, while Clive Rose produced a delivery to bring a false shot from Gilkes, leaving New South Wales reeling at 5/136.
The 25-year-old then looked to target the stumps knocking over both Sean Abbott and Pat Cummins with similar deliveries that rocked the off stump.
He then produced a perfect delivery to a tail-ender, an old-fashioned yorker to bowl Nathan Lyon. Stranded Blues skipper Peter Nevill was also bamboozled by a full delivery from Ellis who claimed his first five-wicket haul to have the Blues bowled out for 237.
The visitors got off to a flying start against a top notch bowling attack scoring 37 in the first five overs before Ben McDermott skied one off Pat Cummins. The Tigers luck continued as replays showed the fast bowler had over stepped, giving the opener a life. McDermott, who has been called up to the Australia T20 squad, put on 63 for the first wicket with Caleb Jewell before Josh Hazlewood made the breakthrough to dismiss Jewell for 24.
McDermott brought up his half-century, pushing the total past the hundred mark but used up his luck being bowled by Nathan Lyon attempting a reverse sweep.