Tasmania v Queensland, Pura Cup, Hobart, 1st day January 21, 2008

Bulls tamed by Marsh and Bailey

Cricinfo staff

Tasmania 5 for 333 (Marsh 132*, Bailey 104, Butterworth 70, Noffke 3-53) v Queensland

George Bailey made his fifth first-class century © Getty Images

Centuries to Daniel Marsh and George Bailey set up an imposing total for Tasmania at Bellerive Oval after the hosts initially slumped to 2 for 0 against Queensland. Marsh was unbeaten on 132 at the close, with Tim Paine on 1 as the Tigers reached 5 for 333.

Marsh and Bailey, the side's captain and vice-captain, put on 155 following the early strikes that might have made Marsh rethink his decision to bat first. But Bailey struck his fifth first-class century and finished with 104, including three sixes, as the bottom-of-the-table Bulls failed to capitalise.

Marsh has had a career renaissance this summer and scored his second hundred for the season in a side that has struggled in its position as defending champions. After Bailey's departure he found strong support from Luke Butterworth, who made 70 before he became the third of Ashley Noffke's victims.

Noffke, who finished with 3 for 53, had given Queensland a good start when he had Michael Di Venuto lbw for 0 in the third over. Four balls earlier David Dawson's return to first-class cricket after a two-year absence had been short-lived, as he was caught by Shane Watson off Michael Kasprowicz for 0.