Queensland v New South Wales, Pura Cup, Brisbane, 1st day October 27, 2006

Haddin century pushes Blues to 323

Cricinfo staff

Queensland 0 for 29 trail New South Wales 323 (Haddin 139, Thornely 97, Bichel 3-84) by 294 runs

A stunning Brad Haddin century and support from Dominic Thornely carried New South Wales to a respectable 323 after a poor start to their Pura Cup match against Queensland at the Gabba. New South Wales, who won the toss, were in trouble at 4 for 52, but Haddin and Thornely put on 205 for the fifth wicket to justify the decision.

Haddin rocketed to his hundred in 95 balls - it was his seventh first-class century - and finished with 139 from 140 deliveries. While Haddin was striking 20 fours and a six, Thornely was closing on three figures, but he fell for 97 when trapped lbw by Andy Bichel, who was the most successful bowler with 3 for 84.

The two innings stood out as the nine other batsmen could only scrape together another 78, and the Blues were bowled out late in the day. Stuart Clark belted 23 valuable lower-order runs, including two sixes, but the opener Greg Mail was the only other batsman to reach double figures. Queensland were 0 for 29 when bad light stopped play.

The Bulls' two debutants, the fast bowlers Chris Swan and Grant Sullivan, both claimed wickets in important returns. Swan's 2 for 85 boasted the key dismissal of Haddin, who was caught at mid-off, while Sullivan opened his account with Aaron O'Brien.