Tasmania v NSW, Sheffield Shield 2017-18, Hobart, 2nd day December 4, 2017

Tasmania thrive with Silk ton, Wade fifty

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tasmania 4 for 392 (Silk 104, Doran 75, Wade 72*, Bailey 71) v New South Wales

Jordan Silk celebrates his century © Getty Images

Tasmania opener Jordan Silk broke his four-year drought without a first-class century as Tasmania built a healthy total on the second day of their Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales in Hobart. Not a ball was bowled on the first day due to rain, and Tasmania reached 4 for 392 at stumps on the second, with Matthew Wade unbeaten on 72 and Ben McDermott on 16.

It was a big day for Silk, who burst on to the domestic scene with four first-class centuries in the 2013 calendar year (his first year as a Shield player) but has struggled to replicate that form in the years since. His previous first-class century had come at Adelaide Oval in November 2013, when he scored 104, and he matched that exact score in this match.

Silk and Alex Doolan (42) put on 92 for the opening stand before Tasmania captain George Bailey combined with Silk for a 124-run second-wicket partnership. Silk's innings ended when he was lbw to a Doug Bollinger inswinger, and Bailey was caught behind off Bollinger soon after for 71.

But there was plenty of batting left for Tasmania as Jake Doran and Wade settled in for a 141-run fourth-wicket stand that ended when Doran was bowled by Steve O'Keefe for 75. By stumps, axed Test wicketkeeper Wade was hoping to convert his start into what could be his first century at first-class level since March 2015.