In-form Moises Henriques helped NSW gain the upper hand in the Sheffield Shield top-of-the-table cricket match and kept Test aspirant Michael Neser at bay at the SCG on Sunday.
Henriques scored 116 with NSW reaching 5-262, a lead of 22, at stumps on day two.
The 32-year-old allrounder, who has represented Australia in all three formats, passed 5000 first-class runs.
It was Henriques' tenth first-class ton and his second of the season in which he has scored 453 runs at 69.47.
He batted fluently against a persevering attack, with Neser conceding just 40 runs off 20 wicket-less overs in front of national selector Trevor Hohns.
Neser, who is in Australian squad for the three-test series against New Zealand starting in Perth on Thursday, performed an admirable containing job on a wicket offering little assistance.
He didn't concede more than a single off any ball until his 11th over.
"I thought I bowled reasonably well with not much reward,"' Neser told AAP.
"I've bowled a lot worse than that and taken more wickets."
Right-handed Henriques, who needed 75 at the start of his innings to attain his latest milestone, struck 11 fours and a six in his 158 ball innings.
"Blokes have scored 30,000, so what's five (thousand)," a modest Henriques said.
"I tried to find a way to score and hopefully not let them dictate terms and control the game like they had been doing."
The Bulls bowlers apart, Henriques also had to contend with the newly relaid outfield, which slowed the ball down and forced him to run ten threes.
Coming in at 2-15 after both openers were caught behind, Henriques dominated a third-wicket stand of 133 with Daniel Solway, who made 33 off 125 balls without hitting a boundary.
Henriques added 46 with Matt Gilkes (27) before both men were out with with the score at 194.
NSW were still 46 short of the Bulls first innings score at that stage, but an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 68 between Blues captain Peter Nevill (27) and Sean Abbott (40) pushed them ahead of the visitors' total.
"We've definitely gone in tonight with a bit of momentum, like last night," said Henriques, referring to to paceman Harry Conway's quadruple wicket maiden, which wrapped up the Bulls first innings just before stumps on Saturday.
Australian Associated Press