Victoria v SA, Sheffield Shield, MCG November 24, 2012

South Australia ride on Hughes hundred

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Australia 2 for 244 (Hughes 127*, Ferguson 48*) trail Victoria 346 (White 88, Hastings 80, Handscomb 69, Putland 7-64) by 102 runs

Phillip Hughes scored his first century of the summer as South Australia finished the second day in Melbourne in a strong position against Victoria. The Bushrangers had been dismissed for 346 earlier in the day as the left-arm seamer Gary Putland took a career-best 7 for 64, and by stumps South Australia were 2 for 244, with Hughes on 127 and Callum Ferguson on 48.

Hughes finished the day well clear at the top of this season's Sheffield Shield run tally but until this innings he hadn't made it past the nineties. Hughes was typically strong outside off stump and struck 18 boundaries, giving the Redbacks the perfect start as they sought a first-innings lead.

Hughes and Sam Raphael (38) put on 80 for the opening wicket as Victoria's bowlers struggled to have the same impact as Putland, who was dangerous and economical. He had Cameron White caught for his overnight score of 88 and picked up two further wickets late in the innings, including John Hastings for an entertaining 80 off 98 balls.