A fighting century from David Warner on Friday has given the NSW Blues a solid lead in the Marsh Sheffield Shield match against Queensland at the Gabba.

Warner made 125 as the Blues went to stumps on the second day at 9-288, an overall lead of 135.

With some useful lower order contributions, the Blues were able to put themselves in a good position after being 3-14 late on the opening day.

 

Warner hit 18 boundaries in his 29th first class century and was well supported by Nick Bertus, who scored 53.

The only other player to pass 50 in the match was Marnus Labuschagne, when he scored 69 after Queensland won the toss and bowled on the opening day.

Bertus joined Warner at 4-54 when Nick Larkin was dismissed for 12, failing to add to his overnight score when he edged Michael Neser to Joe Burns at second slip.

With the Blues still trailing by 99, Warner and Bertus added 147 to change the balance of the game.

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Warner's knock was finally brought undone by Labuschagne, who produced a sharp-turning legspinner to trap the left hander lbw.

“I felt good,” Warner said after play. “It’s just great to be home and refreshed.

“The wicket looked like a traditional Test wicket.

“It played quite well.”

After a difficult tour of England Warner said he had only picked up a bat three days before the Shield match.

“I know my game so well in Australia,” he said.

“It’s difficult in England when they bowl that length. They can still hit the stumps and they’re making you play forward.

“I know when I’m on, when I’m back foot punching and I play my little pull shot.

“Knowing that and playing them out there today, I was very pleased with that.”