Hatton opened up a three-shot lead with his second round of 65 to go with his opening 63 and at 12 under he leads over Ashley Chesters, tournament host Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Robert Karlsson and Chris Hanson.
Dodt’s second round of 69 was solid but a double bogey at his 14th hole destroyed what might otherwise have been a very good follow up to his opening 66.
Wade Ormsby was the only other Australian to make the cut, a round of even par 70 having him in 35th position heading into the weekend.
Ormsby continues to play solidly in 2017 after receiving a medical exemption this season and currently sits in 94th position in the ranking so every cut made increases his chances of regaining full European Tour status in 2018.
Brett Rumford, Jason Scrivener, Sam Brazel, Scott Hend, Nathan Holman and Marcus Fraser all missed the cut.
Pre tournament favourites Rory McIlroy (25th) and Sergio Garcia (missed cut) have failed to flatter to date.
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