Renshaw’s double and Neser’s hundred put Queensland in command


New South Wales 246 and 4 for 96 trail Queensland 6 for Dec 477 (Renshaw 200*, Neser 136) with 135 runs

Matt Renshaw and Queensland all-rounder Michael Neser posted their highest scores in first-class cricket in a match-turning sixth-wicket standings to crush New South Wales on day three of their Sheffield Shield clash.

Opener Renshaw made a masterful unbeaten 200 and Neser a whirlwind 136 as the duo came together in a 257-run sixth wicket tie at Sydney’s Drummoyne Oval.

When Neser left Queensland declared at 6 for 477 and NSW was 4 for 96 at punches when poor light stopped play.

Neser and Renshaw got together in the first over of the day after Jimmy Peirson was fired. The Queensland pair crushed the bowling attack, scoring at over five runs per over in a powerful partnership.

Neser’s previous best was a 121 innings in the Shield two seasons ago. The 32-year-old, who played one test for Australia last season, brought his barrel forward with a shot to the low end of Australian spinner Nathan Lyon, then went into overdrive.

Renshaw’s knock could have consequences after this match. Five of his 15 limits were sixes and he displayed a series of attacking blows that sent a message to the test voters that his game has evolved tremendously.

His stroke surpassed the 184 he made for Australia against Pakistan in 2017. The century was his first as a lead-off hitter for Queensland since 2017-18 and continued the form he showed for Somerset this year in England’s county cricket, where he played twice. the hundred passed .

Renshaw slammed into the middle of the pack last season, but captain Usman Khawaja moved him back to his former top-ranking position in favor of Queensland, in hopes of reviving his testing career.

Renshaw played the last of his 11 tests in 2018, but with current Australian openers Khawaja and David Warner approaching the end of their careers, he has reminded selectors of his ability to now shift gears with match-defining innings in challenging conditions.

Queensland leg pinner Mitchwell Swepson was the choice of the bowlers and opener Blake Nikitaris also walked out.