Hend rebounded from a double bogey at his 8th hole with a homeward nine of 33 to work his way back into the tournament although some five shots from the leader, England’s Matt Wallace.
Dimi Papadatos is two shots back in 23rd place, although three shots dropped late in his round was a disappointing way to finish his opening 36 holes.
Papadatos is playing the event courtesy of his 2018 Challenge Tour ranking and a good finish this weekend would assist his cause as he tries to finally gain European Tour status.
Lucas Herbert made ground on day two with a round of 68 to be in a share of 34th place, improving 32 positions in round two. Having recorded a double and triple bogey in his opening round, Herbert has done well to be where he is.
Jason Scrivener was the only other Australian to make the cut but is well back in 61st place.
The leader Wallace is ahead by one over current World Cup Champion Thomas Detry of Belgium, Scotland’s Richie Ramsey and England’s Ross Fisher.
The pre-tournament favourites Tommy Fleetwood and Eddie Pepperell are tied in a share of 11th position.
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