Smith, Lyon bulldoze Queensland
New South Wales 6 for 304 (Smith 136, Henriques 89, Cutting 4-50) beat Queensland 158 (Burns 77, Lyon 4-31) by 146 runs
New South Wales barely missed the impact of the rested Mitchell Starc as they bulldozed Queensland in the Matador Cup match at Drummoyne Oval, led by a century from Steven Smith and four wickets for Nathan Lyon.
Starc's replacement, the refreshed Josh Hazlewood, bowled tightly and well at the top of the innings, before Lyon worked his way through Usman Khawaja, back from a hamstring problem and Nathan Reardon.
Only Joe Burns was able to build an innings among the Bulls batsmen, and his patient 77 was a welcome sight for the national selectors as they consider who will partner David Warner in the first Test of the summer at the Gabba.
Warner was watching Burns from the commentary box, and seemed impressed by an innings that was the most substantial innings any batsman has managed against the Blues this tournament.
Smith had entered the fixture with a pair of ducks behind him, but after Nic Maddinson's recent run of strong scores was ended by Billy Stanlake, the Australian captain regained touch in what is becoming an increasingly familiar style.
He was accompanied for much of the afternoon by Moises Henriques, who played fluently in a stand of 181 that ensured the Blues would set the Bulls a target in excess of 300. Thanks to Hazlewood, Lyon and a strong supporting cast they did not get close to it.
Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig