NSW v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Sydney, day two September 27, 2012

Henriques puts Blues in control

ESPNcricinfo staff

Day two Tasmania 3 for 111 (Cosgrove 73*) trail New South Wales 442 (Henriques 161*, Haddin 114, Smith 64, Copeland 55, Bird 3-75) by 331 runs

A breakthrough century by Moises Henriques catapulted New South Wales to 442 before the Test batsmen Ed Cowan and Ricky Ponting were out cheaply in Tasmania's reply on day two of the Sheffield Shield match at Bankstown Oval.

Called up to open due to the one-match suspension of Steven Cazzulino for missing a training session, Mark Cosgrove held the Tigers' innings together with a snappy, unbeaten 73 that took the visitors to 3 for 11 before bad light brought an early close.

Henriques had gone to stumps on day one with 83, his highest first-class score in 34 matches, and on the second morning set about establishing a far higher mark in the company of the No. 9 Trent Copeland.

Their progress was smart but never hurried, and neither man gave a chance as they reached lunch unbeaten.

Copeland was pouched at midwicket soon after the interval, but Henriques stayed until the end, continuing his strong start to the summer and pressing Mitchell Marsh for the title of man most likely to press for Shane Watson's allround spot in the national team.

Tasmania's response began soundly enough, Cosgrove adding 40 with Cowan. But Copeland's last ball of the 12th over was allowed to flick off stump as Cowan shouldered arms, beginning a decline of 3 for 39.

Alex Doolan drove at Doug Bollinger and was held in the slips by Steve Smith, before Ponting played round a straight delivery from Josh Hazlewood to perish LBW - the same manner of dismissal that gave him significant problems in South Africa last year.

Cosgrove remained fluent, but there is much work for he and the off-season recruit Aiden Blizzard (6*) to do on the third morning if Tasmania are to wrestle their way back into the match.