NSW v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Sydney November 16, 2015

Dunk century gives Tasmania big lead

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tasmania 295 and 6 for 272 (Dunk 127*) lead New South Wales 215 (Patterson 86, Rainbird 3-38, Bird 3-47, Kingston 3-52) by 352 runs

Ben Dunk finished the day as the leading run scorer in the Sheffield Shield season © Getty Images

Ben Dunk's second century in consecutive matches gave Tasmania a hefty lead on the third day against New South Wales at Bankstown Oval. At stumps, the Tigers were 6 for 272 in their second innings, with a lead of 352 runs, and Dunk was still at the crease on 127 alongside Hamish Kingston, who was on 23.

It continued Dunk's outstanding start to the summer after he scored his maiden first-class century, an innings of 142, in the previous game against Queensland, and then 68 in the first innings of this game. As at the end of day three in this round of Shield matches, Dunk was on top of the competition run tally, narrowly ahead of Victoria's Travis Dean.

Dunk and 18-year-old batsman Jake Doran combined for a 103-run partnership that steadied Tasmania after Doug Bollinger claimed two early wickets to have the visitors wobbling at 2 for 39. George Bailey chipped in with 28 but the key man was Dunk, who by stumps had struck 15 boundaries in his 229-ball innings.

New South Wales had started the morning on 6 for 150 and they added 65 for the loss of their last four wickets, with Kurtis Patterson the top scorer on 86. Kingston, Sam Rainbird and Jackson Bird each finished with three wickets.