Qld v SA, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane, 2nd day October 2, 2012

Hughes stands tall after Cutting ton

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Australia 7 for 164 (Hughes 95*, Hopes 3-26) trail Queensland 398 (Cutting 109, Khawaja 88, Putland 5-100, Sayers 3-91) by 234 runs

Phillip Hughes was within touching distance of a century at stumps on day two of his first match for South Australia, but Queensland were in a powerful position thanks to Ben Cutting's maiden first-class hundred. The Redbacks finished the day in major trouble at 7 for 164, still 234 runs adrift of Queensland's first-innings total, and the only positive for South Australia was that Hughes was still at the crease on 95, alongside Joe Mennie on 5.

In his first outing for the Redbacks since moving from New South Wales during the off-season, Hughes carried with him the strong form that he showed for Worcestershire in county cricket this year. He struck 12 boundaries and was a lone resisting hand for South Australia as none of the rest of the top six managed to score more than 11.

The wicketkeeper Tim Ludeman (28) gave Hughes some support in a 58-run partnership but the Bulls, led by their captain James Hopes with 3 for 26 from 15 overs, did not allow South Australia to gain any sort of momentum. There had been plenty of momentum during the tail-end of Queensland's innings as Cutting propelled himself to triple-figures for the first time.

Cutting was in an aggressive mood and struck four sixes and 12 fours, and brought up his century from the last ball before lunch with a leg glance for two. Gary Putland picked up 5 for 100 but there wasn't much for South Australia to celebrate.