Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Silk century puts Tasmania on top after Day 2. Silk was unbeaten on 100 as Tasmania declared on 300 for 6.
Silk was unbeaten on 100 as Tasmania declared on 300 for 6.
Tim Ward added just 18 runs to his overnight tally of 126 but Tasmania marched on regardless, with a solid lower-order batting show, led exceptionally by an entertaining, unbeaten 100 off 131 balls from Jordan Silk. He counter-attacked with 13 fours in his essay while the tail around him waged stubbornly to keep Queensland on the field for two sessions on Day 2.
Though Ward added very little to his first day's effort, he was part of a 54-run stand with Lawrence Neil-Smith, taking the team's total past the 300-mark. Michael Neser and Matthew Kuhnemann struck in the space of three deliveries to push Tasmania to 333 for 5, but Silk found company in captain Beau Webster. Together, they put on 89 runs for the sixth wicket, batting out 30 overs in the process. After Bryce Street broke that alliance, up stepped Macalister Wright to join hands with Silk for another partnership-building endeavour. They took far more risks to add 78 runs off 56 balls, with the last single bringing up Silk's century. With that, Webster decided to declare.
Lawrence Neil-Smith and Jarrod Freeman picked a wicket each, while Bryce Street soldiered on to reach stumps unbeaten on 48 in the company of skipper Usman Khawaja. Queensland ended the day on 122 for 2, trailing Tasmania by 378 runs
Brief Scores: Queensland 122/2 (Bryce Street 49, Marnus Labuschagne 32; Lawrence Neil-Smith 1-13) trail Tasmania 500/6 decl. (Tim Ward 144, Jordan Silk 100*, Ben McDermott 71; Michael Neser 2-60, Mark Steketee 2-87) by 378 runs