New South Wales v Queensland, Pura Cup, Sydney, 1st day March 1, 2007

Jaques leads New South Wales run spree

Cricinfo staff

New South Wales 2 for 402 (Jaques 141, Thornely 109*, Katich 102*) v Queensland

Phil Jaques started the punishment of Queensland with 141 © Getty Images

Phil Jaques showed he had overcome a disappointing stint in the Australian one-day side with a century before Dominic Thornely and Simon Katich added to Queensland's troubles as New South Wales posted an imposing 2 for 402. Jaques, who made 1 and 3 in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, splashed 21 fours in his fine 141 - it was his third century of the Pura Cup campaign - while Thornely and Katich sped towards stumps in an unbroken stand of 172.

Thornely struck Clinton Perren for six to bring up three figures and he cleared the rope on three other occasions during his 109 not out from 122 balls. Katich, the captain, was also aggressive, registering his hundred in the third-last over, and he will look to build on his 102 on the second day.

Queensland's first setback came before the start when they lost Andy Bichel to an infected foot and he was replaced by Grant Sullivan, who was travelling with the team as the benefactor of a mentor program. Sullivan had a bright moment in his second first-class game when he had Jaques caught behind on 102, but he was called for a no-ball.

Jaques opened with a 117-run partnership with a patient Ed Cowan, who fell to a legside take by Chris Hartley off Ashley Noffke for 30. Noffke was also responsible for the second wicket when he had Jaques caught by Ryan Broad, but he was the only bowler to have any success on a day belonging to the hosts. Tasmania's even stronger performance in Adelaide pushed New South Wales to second while the chances of the fourth-placed Queensland staying in contention for the final are slipping away.