NSW v Queensland, Sheffield Shield, Canberra November 28, 2012

Smith, Haddin take Blues into lead

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New South Wales 6 for 291 (Smith 90*, Haddin 73, Nevill 55) lead Queensland 243 (Reardon 71, Hartley 66, Bollinger 4-57) by 48 runs

A measured innings by Steve Smith and a punchy one by Brad Haddin helped guide New South Wales to first innings points over Queensland on day two of the Sheffield Shield match in Canberra.

After Doug Bollinger's four wickets helped tip out the Bulls for 243, the Blues stumbled to 4 for 109 before Haddin added 125 with Smith to take their side to the cusp of the lead.

While Haddin perished when swinging Nathan Hauritz to deep midwicket on 73, Smith held his nerve and his wicket, forming a useful stand with the captain Steve O'Keefe that has the chance to grow with the NSW lead on the third morning.

Smith's maturity was demonstrated by the pacing of his innings, playing the reserved partner to Haddin before expanding his array of strokes later on in the company of O'Keefe. Hauritz and Luke Feldman grabbed two wickets apiece for the Bulls.

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  • Andrew on November 29, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    @ Chris_P on (November 28 2012, 11:16 AM GMT) - I just hope he doesn't give up on his Legspin. I think he was a hell of a lot better than his stats suggested.

  • Dylan on November 28, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Smith's maturing quite nicely now that he can focus his energy towards batting. Will be averaging about 50 for the season after this match.

  • Peter on November 28, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Agree Meety, he has worked hard on his technique, a lot tighter than it once was.

  • Andrew on November 28, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Smith's innings appeared to be chanceless. I thought for a while there Haddin would score his 3rd ton on the trot. In regards to Smith - if his form is good, I'd like to see him tour India for the Test series.

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