Emerging Players Tournament August 2, 2011

Broom and Dhawan hit attractive tons

ESPNcricinfo staff

An attacking century from Neil Broom gave New Zealand A the lead against Australian Institute of Sport at the Peter Burge Oval in Brisbane. Broom smashed 197 off 187 balls, including 22 fours and 10 sixes, to help his side recover from the loss of two early wickets. He added 81 with opener Brad Wilson before witnessing a wobble as three wickets fell at the other end - Mitchell Starc took two of them - for 13 runs. Doug Bracewell, however, gave him solid company in a 136-run stand. Broom guided his team into the lead before being dismissed by Starc just three short of his double-century. After New Zealand A declared with a lead of 36, AIS scored quickly to reach 180 for 3 at stumps in 40 overs. Glenn Maxwell was unbeaten on 74, off just 60 balls.

Shikhar Dhawan was the star for India Emerging Players on the second day against South Africa Emerging Players at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane. He smashed 146 out of a team score of 269 for 8 declared, handing India a slender lead 10-run lead. India had lost their first two wickets cheaply overnight, but opener Dhawan built important partnerships with Manoj Tiwary, Sourabh Tiwary and wicketkeeper CM Gautam to steady the innings. The trio didn't score too many but hung around as Dhawan dominated the bowling, smacking 27 fours his 177-ball knock. South Africa Emerging Players finished the day at 122 for 1, with their captain and first-innings hero Stiaan van Zyl unbeaten on 64.