Queensland v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane November 2, 2009

Bulls ride on Batticciotto century

Cricinfo staff

Queensland 9 for 382 (Batticciotto 101, Hartley 85, Swan 82*, Geeves 5-106) lead Tasmania 156 by 226 runs

Glen Batticciotto posted his maiden first-class century and had solid support from Chris Hartley as Queensland set up a terrific lead over Tasmania. At the close of the second day, the Bulls' advantage had swelled to 226 thanks to late runs from Chris Swan, who was on 82, while Scott Walter was yet to score.

It was a tough day in the field for Tasmania and while Brett Geeves finished the day with 5 for 106, the dismissals were too infrequent for the Tigers' liking. Batticciotto and Hartley combined for a 176-run partnership that took Queensland past Tasmania's total of 156.

Hartley was dropped twice in his 85 before he was caught behind off Geeves. Batticciotto, who was playing his second first-class game at the age of 28, registered 101 from 241 deliveries before he was bowled by Jason Krejza with the Bulls already enjoying a 100-plus lead.

The late runs from Swan were a bonus as he scored at nearly a run a ball and he will be eyeing a potential maiden first-class hundred on the third morning. His runs capped off an excellent day for the Bulls, who lost only five wickets after an opening day on which the bowlers collected 14 dismissals in swing-friendly conditions.