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Cricket news - Smith century roll continues as NSW maintain control

Steve Smith scored his 42nd first-class hundred.

New South Wales vs Western Australia, Sydney

Steve Smith continued his good run of form and stroked his 42nd first-class century, as well as going past 1000 runs in the format this year, as New South Wales posted 444 for 8 before declaring their innings against Western Australia on Day 2. The visitors, in response, went to stumps on 85 for 1.

Resuming the day on 221 for 2, the hosts were quicker with their scoring on the second day. Smith extended his third wicket stand with Moises Henriques to 141 runs before the latter fell to Liam O Connor, nine runs short of a century. Smith brought up his century soon after but was adjudged caught behind on 103. Pat Cummins stroked a quickfire fifty, and others in the lower middle order made small contributions before New South Wales declared their innings.

Their star-studded bowling lineup could, however, bag only one wicket in the last session of play, with Mitchell Starc accounting for Josh Philippe. D'Arcy Short and Shaun Marsh stitched an unbeaten 55-run stand before stumps were taken.

Brief Scores: New South Wales 444/8 (Steve Smith 103, Moises Henriques 91; D'Arcy Short 2-39, Marcus Stoinis 2-59) lead Western Australia 85/1 (D'Arcy Short 39*) by 359 runs

Victoria vs Queensland, Melbourne

On a rain-marred opening day, Peter Siddle and Jon Holland bagged three wickets apiece to bundle out Queensland for 183 before Victoria went to stumps on 5 for no loss.

Barring Charlie Hemphrey, who stroked his 16th first-class fifty, none of the other top order batsmen made a telling contribution after Queensland were put in to bat. Five batsmen fell for single digit scores, with Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan McSweeney and Cameron Gannon registering ducks. James Pattinson and Will Sutherland also bagged a brace each.

Victoria openers batted out 6.4 overs before stumps were taken, scoring 5 for no loss.

Brief Scores: Queensland 183 (Charlie Hemphrey 64, Mark Steketee 33; Jon Holland 3-29, Peter Siddle 3-30) lead Victoria 5/0 by 178 runs

South Australia vs Tasmania, Adelaide

Half centuries by Alex Doolan and Matthew Wade helped Tasmania reach 176 for 2 at stumps on day 2 against South Australia after the hosts declared their innings on 490 for 6 earlier in the day.

Resuming their innings on 359 for 1 after a record-stand by the openers, South Australia lost the wicket of Jake Weatherald in the second over of the day, two short of a double century, and were soon reduced to 367 for 4. However, Harry Nielsen's second first-class fifty helped consolidate the slide. The 'keeper-batsman added 64 for the fifth wicket with Tom Cooper en route his unbeaten 64 before the hosts declared their innings.

Tasmania began their response in a steady fashion with Doolan and Beau Webster putting on a 64-run stand for the opening wicket before a couple of wickets fell in quick succession. However, Doolan and Wade ensured the innings didn't derail and took the team to stumps without any further damage, reducing the trail to 314 runs.

Brief Scores: South Australia 490/6 (Jake Weatherald 198, Henry Hunt 132; Sam Rainbird 2-95, Lawrence Neil-Smith 2-105) lead Tasmania176/2 (Alex Doolan 87*, Matthew Wade 53*) by 314 runs

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