Hartley stands up to brutal Blues
Queensland 6 for 269 (Hartley 107*, Simpson 54*, Starc 3-44) trail New South Wales 5 for 451 dec (Khawaja 132*, Smith 102*, Simpson 3-98) by 182 runs
The wicketkeeper Chris Hartley held on for Queensland, who were hit by a surging New South Wales, as they finished the second day 182 behind at 6 for 269. Steven Smith and Usman Khawaja scored centuries in New South Wales' 5 for 451 declared and the hosts were in deep trouble in their reply before Hartley posted his fourth first-class century.
The Bulls flopped to 4 for 42 as Mitchell Starc ran through them with three wickets before Hartley's recovery. Hartley started with a 70-run stand with James Hopes and he also got help from the captain Chris Simpson to improve the local mood at the Gabba. At stumps Hartley was 107, having hit 15 fours and stayed for 164 deliveries, while Simpson was 54.
Smith caught the openers Greg Moller (14) and Wade Townsend (10) off Starc, who then caught-and-bowled Nathan Reardon. Josh Hazlewood chipped in to have Craig Philipson taken by the keeper and it was left to Lee Carseldine (46) to steady the hosts until he was also taken by Smith, this time off the bowling of Moises Henriques.
Khawaja, who passed 1000 career runs in his 15th game, moved to his century in the morning and was unbeaten on 132, but his fine effort was overshadowed by Smith's 102. Smith resumed on 4, with his side at 5 for 299, and reached his century well before the lunch break as the Blues declared.
He blasted 16 fours and a six during his 102-ball display and he put on 160 with Khawaja in a partnership that drained the hosts. It wasn't Smith's day throughout, with his first three overs of legspin going for 34 on the way to 0 for 67 off 11.