New South Wales v Queensland, Pura Cup, Sydney, 2nd day March 2, 2007

Katich inspires New South Wales with double-century

Cricinfo staff

Queensland 2 for 168 (Broad 73*) trail New South Wales 4 for 613 dec (Katich 205*, Jaques 141, Thornely 119) by 445 runs

Simon Katich posted 205 against Queensland to increase his side's hold on the game © Getty Images

Queensland were fighting hard to avoid the follow-on at the SCG after Simon Katich continued New South Wales' heavy run-scoring with an unbeaten 205. Led by Ryan Broad's 73 not out, the Bulls were 2 for 168 at stumps and needed another 295 to make the home side bat again.

Katich's performance was his best for the state and he was boosted by a late flurry from Daniel Smith, who pounded three sixes in a 33-ball 51 that created further damage to a sorry bowling attack. Katich resumed on 102 with Dominic Thornely, who edged Grant Sullivan on 119, and he controlled the innings before closing it at an intimidating 4 for 613.

His partnership of 106 with the debutant Peter Forrest (40) was quickly overshadowed by the 90-run stand with Smith. Katich, the captain, finished with 24 fours and two sixes from his 290 deliveries and gave his team a strong chance of staying in touch with Tasmania, the competition leaders. Matthew Nicholson struck twice with the wickets of Jimmy Maher (3) and Greg Moller (44), but Broad and Clinton Perren ensured there were no further mishaps before stumps.