Western Australia v New South Wales, Pura Cup, WACA November 6, 2005

Blues take control against WA

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New South Wales 3 for 312 (O' Brien 88*, Thornely 77*, Dorey 3-68) v Western Australia

Aaron O'Brien pulls a boundary during his career-best innings © Getty Images
Despite being without most of their Test stars, New South Wales ended the opening day against Western Australia at Perth in a commanding position. An unbroken stand of 169 between Aaron O'Brien and Dominic Thornely converted a solid start into a position from which they can now control the match.

Phil Jaques provided the early platform with his third half-century of the season before become one of Brett Dorey's three wickets. Dorey was the only bowler to make an impact on a tough day for the Western Australia attack. His strikes had kept New South Wales within reach during the first two sessions, but the final two hours were dominated by O'Brien and Thornely.

It was a significant innings for O'Brien, who was playing just his seventh first-class match and before today had a top score of 21. He quickly scrubbed that from the records and registered his maiden half-century. By the close he was within touching distance of converting it into a three-figure score. Thornely, the promising allrounder, hit 13 boundaries as Damien Martyn rotated his attack with little impact.